Rob Coneybeer is a founder of Shasta Ventures and a 23-year veteran of the venture capital industry. At Shasta Ventures, Rob focuses on robotics, space, and the future of transportation. His investments include Nest (acquired by Google for $3.2 billion), Fetch Robotics, Survios, Tonal, Turo, and Accion 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 Spec Miata races at Laguna Seca, COTA, Watkins Glen, Sebring, VIR, and Sears Point. He also finished second in class at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill in 2019, and loves driving long distances at high speeds on the German Autobahn.