Rob Coneybeer brings to Shasta Ventures deep experience in building early-stage companies. He is particularly interested in startups that have discovered creative new ways to connect the "real world" to the Internet. Around this theme, he actively pursues investment opportunities in mobile & wireless, technology applications, and infrastructure. Rob’s expertise in communications and networking – both as a line engineer and as a successful venture investor – is particularly valuable to infrastructure entrepreneurs at the earliest stages of company and product development. Rob likes to work with companies as they develop their initial business plans, build out the core team, and plot their go-to-market strategies. His understanding of networks and strong connections at leading systems vendors is particularly helpful to semiconductor startups.
Prior to co-founding Shasta Ventures, Rob was a general partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA) where he led 15 investments in core infrastructure technologies spanning semiconductors, software and networking equipment.
Prior to joining the venture capital industry, Rob served as a lead integration and test engineer in the Astro Space division of Martin Marietta where he helped build the first EchoStar spacecraft.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Rob earned a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia. He also holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named a Palmer Scholar.
As a member of Class 2, Rob completed his fellowship at New Enterprise Associates under mentor Peter T. Morris. He was a mentor to Jacob Mullins (Class 22) and Ann Kim (Class 24) of SVB.