Bob Lisbonne


Bob Lisbonne

Lecturer in Management


Bob’s technology career spans roles as entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and operating executive. Since 2015 he has taught classes at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Bob served as CEO of Luminate, raising multiple rounds of venture capital, and leading its growth to 30 billion image views per year. As a General Partner with Matrix Partners, Bob invested in numerous startups. He has served on the Boards of companies which IPO’ed and got acquired by Cisco, HP, IBM, and Yahoo, among others. Bob led Netscape’s famous “browser wars,” as SVP and division GM, managing all browser engineering and product management. While at Netscape, he launched open source pioneer Mozilla, best known for its Firefox browser; Bob has long served on the board of directors at Mozilla. Previously, he held positions at startup Collabra Software, Apple, and Goldman Sachs. He attended Stanford University, where he earned MBA, MA, and BA degrees, and did graduate studies in Computer Science.

Academic Degrees

  • MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1991
  • BA, Stanford University, 1986
  • MA, Stanford University, 1986

Professional Experience

  • Board of Directors, Mozilla, 2006-present
  • CEO, Luminate, 2008-2013
  • General Partner, Matrix Partners, 2001-2008
  • Board of Directors, PostPath (acquired by Cisco), 2005-2008
  • Board of Directors, Tealeaf (acquired by IBM), 2003-2013
  • Board of Directors, XigN (acquired by JPMorgan), 2003-2007
  • Board of Directors, Consera (acquired by HP), 2002-2004
  • Board of Directors, Access360 (acquired by IBM), 2000-2003
  • Board of Directors, eHealth (EHTH), 1998-2002
  • General Partner, Crosspoint Venture Partners, 1999-2001
  • SVP & GM Browser Products Division, Netscape, 1995-1999
  • Director, Apple, 1991-1994

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