As a boy, Robert was athletic, energetic and entrepreneurial. At six years old, he used a gum-ball machine to start his first business. In high school, Robert took up wrestling among other sports, because he enjoyed pushing himself and competing. Before he left, he has won the state championship in wrestling (twice), all-state in cross country (twice) and received a tri-athlete award.
In 2010, he enlisted in the Navy and within two years, he had made it into the SEAL teams. During his service in the military, he learned all about sleep deprivation and the limits of human existence; something that revealed a widespread existential crisis caused by the modern world. Following the military, Robert decided he wanted to bring sleep technology to the world. He started the company Existential Technologies to do just that