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Rob Coneybeer

Rob Coneybeer
Managing Director, Shasta Ventures

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Rob Coneybeer is a veteran venture capitalist who approaches start-up investing from a product perspective. At Shasta Ventures, the Sand Hill Road firm he co-founded in 2004, Rob focuses on hardware and mobile startups. Rob 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 started his career working in the Astro Space division of Martin Marietta, where he helped build the first EchoStar spacecraft. Some of Rob’s notable investments include smart-thermostat company Nest; Relay Rides, the leading peer-to-peer carsharing marketplace; and Mocana, which provides security for smart devices. 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.


Location: Festival Pavilion
Rob Coneybeer (Shasta Ventures)
Branding a world-class hardware company is dramatically different than for software, Web, or mobile companies. Branding begins with storytelling, and crafting compelling stories for hardware requires a fresh perspective. Read more.
Office Hours
Location: O'Reilly Booth (Table B)
Rob Coneybeer (Shasta Ventures), Ben Einstein (Bolt), Cyril Ebersweiler (HAXLR8R)
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Do you have a great (but under-funded) business idea? Ask a VC! Rob, Ben, and Cyril will not only help you understand how venture capitalists determine what makes a successful investment, but they’ll also answer questions on topics like prototyping hardware products, manufacturing, what makes a venture scalable, and investing in hardware. Read more.