Robert Siegel is a Lecturer in Management and has led primary research and written cases on Google, Box, Stripe, AngelList, 23andMe, Lending Club, PayPal, SurveyMonkey, Medium, Wikimedia Foundation, Minted, 500 Startups, Axel Springer, General Electric and Starbucks (La Boulange), amongst others.
He is also 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, The League, Trove, Teapot (acquired by Stripe), Smart Coffee Technology, Pixlee, ZipLine Medical and SIPX (acquired by ProQuest). He also supports other portfolio companies such as Citrine Informatics.
Robert is on the Board of SmartDrive Systems, and is a Member of the Supervisory Board and also the Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board for TTTech in Vienna, Austria. He is a Member of the Industry Advisory Board for Here Technologies, and is the Co-President Emeritus of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, an alumni association that fosters relationships to strengthen the Stanford startup community. Robert has co-authored several articles for the Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, is a Wall Street Journal Startup Guru, and is a frequent contributor 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 previously 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 on their Corporate Business Development team, in which he invested capital in startups that were strategically aligned with Intel’s vision. Previous to Intel, Robert held a series of senior sales and marketing positions at GeoWorks, which went public in 1993.
Robert is the co-inventor of four patents and served as lead researcher for Andy Grove’s best-selling book, Only the Paranoid Survive.
Robert holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University. He is married with three children.