Robert Siegel is a Partner at XSeed Capital, and his investment areas include business operations where computational technologies automate / improve company performance, mobile solutions for firms of all sizes, and software systems that shape both business and consumer behaviors.
He sits on the Board of Directors of Sparta Science, Avochato and Cape, and he led XSeed’s investments in Zooz, Castle Global, Lex Machina (acquired by LexisNexis of the RELX Group – NYSE:RELX), CirroSecure (acquired by Palo Alto Networks – NYSE:PANW), Growbot, Breezeworks, The League, Nova, Trove, Teapot (acquired by Stripe), Smart Coffee Technology, Pixlee, ZipLine Medical and SIPX (acquired by ProQuest), and also supports other portfolio companies such as Citrine Informatics.
Robert is currently on the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation, The Industrialist’s Dilemma, Formation of New Ventures, Strategies of Effective Product Management, and Entrepreneurial Finance. In these classes he has led research and written cases on companies including Google, Box, Stripe, AngelList, 23andMe, Lending Club, PayPal, SurveyMonkey, Medium, Wikimedia Foundation, Minted, 500 Startups, TrueCar, Axel Springer, General Electric and Starbucks (La Boulange), amongst others. Robert is the the Co-President Emeritus of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, an alumni association that fosters relationships to strengthen the Stanford startup community. He is on the Board of SmartDrive Systems, as well as the Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board for TTTech in Vienna, Austria. He has co-authored several articles for the Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, is a Wall Street Journal Startup Guru, and frequently contributes to Fortune, TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Forbes.
Prior to joining XSeed, Robert was General Manager of the Video and Software Solutions division for GE Security, with annual revenues of $350 million. Robert was also Executive Vice President of Pixim, Inc., a fabless semiconductor firm specializing in image sensors and processors (acquired by Sony). Before Pixim, Robert was Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Weave Innovations Inc. (acquired by Kodak), a network services developer that invented the world’s first digital picture frame, and delivered photos and other digital media to PCs and internet / mobile devices.
Robert served in various management roles at Intel Corporation, including an executive position in their Corporate Business Development division, in which he invested capital in startups that were strategically aligned with Intel’s vision. Previous to Intel, Robert was promoted to a series of senior sales and marketing positions at GeoWorks, which went public in 1993.
Robert holds a BA from UC Berkeley, an MBA from Stanford University, is the co-inventor of four patents and served as lead researcher for Andy Grove’s book Only the Paranoid Survive.