Bob’s thirty-plus year career in venture capital and private equity has been focused on developing technology-based businesses. He began his business career in Silicon Valley, rubbing elbows with the inventors and early developers of semiconductors, the laser, the internet, the cell phone, and personal computers and interacting with many famous engineers and entrepreneurs.
He always has been intrigued with how technological developments impact the way we live.
Bob has extensive experience with climate change and renewable energy matters. Earlier in his career, he served in the federal government as Special Assistant for Engineering Sciences in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, where he was considered a technology expert for energy and environmental issues and co-led a major pioneering international program assessing the climatic impact of stratospheric flight. He interacted extensively with climate modelers worldwide. More recently, he was the only outside director of BP plc’s solar energy subsidiary. As a long-time member of the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Industrial Innovation, he has been involved with numerous energy and environmental projects.
Bob and his wife live in the Chicago area and summer on eastern Long Island in the same house where his Jessup grandfather grew up.