Rob Coneybeer » Managing Director, Shasta Ventures

An engineer by training, Rob Coneybeer is an expert in wireless and mobile technology who approaches start-up investing from a deep product perspective. Prior to co-founding Shasta, he was a general partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), where he led 15 early-stage investments in companies spanning the semiconductor, software and networking industries. Before becoming a venture capitalist, 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.

Rob earned a master of science in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS 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.

Rob’s current areas of active interest include mobile, wireless and Internet-connected devices, as well as technology applications that leverage new infrastructure technologies in novel and creative ways. He is particularly interested in startups that have discovered creative new approaches to connecting the “real world” to the Internet, whether via smart phones, low-cost sensors, or other innovative new devices. Rob likes to pursue new businesses that are rapidly scalable and touch all parts of the economy.