Robert Abbott

Venture Partner

Stage: Venture

Focus: Enterprise

Location: Palo Alto

Robert joined Norwest Venture Partners in 1998 and is focused on a wide variety of investment categories including mobile, cloud & IT infrastructure. His current investments and board seats include Act-On Software, Bracket Computing, ClariPhy, and ClearDATA. Robert was formerly a member of the board of directors of (acquired by Valassis Communications), Covigo (acquired by Symbol Technologies), Elemental Technologies (acquired by Amazon), KACE (acquired by Dell), Mblox (acquired by Callidus), Mozes (acquired by ePrize), Occam Networks (acquired by Calix), Passif Semiconductor (acquired by Apple), Resonext Communications (acquired by RF Micro Devices), SideStep (acquired by Kayak), Skyward (acquired by Verizon), and Zenverge (acquired by Freescale). He has also worked with such companies as Embark (acquired by Princeton Review), Escalate (acquired by GERS), Kayak (Nasdaq: KYAK), mPower (acquired by Morningstar) and Quantum Effect Devices (acquired by PMC-Sierra).

Robert has nine years of operational experience in various roles, from engineering to marketing and product management. Before joining Norwest, he was at Silicon Graphics. Prior to Silicon Graphics, Robert worked at IBM-ROLM Systems.

He holds a bachelor of science and a master of science in electrical engineering, and an MBA, all from Stanford University.

Get To Know Bob

  • What was your first concert?

    Simple Minds at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley

  • What is something that people may not know about you?

    I played water polo in college and still play competitively today.

  • What are your interests outside of work?

    Skiing, working out, wine tasting, traveling

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