Rob Coneybeer is a founder of Shasta Ventures and a 23-year veteran of the Silicon Valley venture capital industry. At Shasta Ventures, Rob focuses on investing in emerging platforms – Robotics, Space, and Connected Hardware. His investments include Nest (acquired by Google), Fetch Robotics, Starsky Robotics, Tonal, Turo, and Vector Launch Systems. Early in his career, Rob served as an engineer in the Astro Space division of Martin Marietta, where he helped build the first A2100 satellite, a platform which is still in production today at Lockheed. Rob earned an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He also holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named a Palmer Scholar.
Rob spends his weekends car racing and believes similar skills are needed to be a successful entrepreneur. “I like going fast,” Rob explains. “Racing requires you to focus and make good decisions quickly.” He’s competed in amateur auto races at Laguna Seca, Road America, COTA, Thunderhill and Sears Point, and loves driving long distances at high speeds on the German Autobahn.