Overview

Number of Current Board & Advisor Roles 5
CB Rank (Investor) 52,149
  • Gender Male
  • Also Known As Bob Shapiro
  • Investor Type  Investment Partner

Robert is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandbox Industries, a development firm that creates, launches and manages new business concepts. Sandbox Industries also manages venture funds, including the BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners fund.

He was formerly Chairman and CEO of Monsanto Company. Upon the merger of Monsanto with Pharmacia

& Upjohn, he served as Chairman of the newly-formed Pharmacia Corporation.

Previously, Robert was President of Monsanto’s Agriculture Group, Chairman and CEO of The NutraSweet Company, a subsidiary of Monsanto, and President of the NutraSweet Group of G.D. Searle & Co., where he previously served as Vice President and General Counsel. Before joining Searle, Robert was Vice President and General Counsel of General Instrument Corporation.

Prior to this, he practiced law in New York City; served in government as Special Assistant to the General Counsel and later to the Undersecretary of the U.S Department of Transportation; and served as a professor of law at Northeastern University in Boston and the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Robert has served on the boards of the New York Stock Exchange (later NYSE Euronext), Citigroup Inc., Rockwell International, Silicon Graphics Inc., and Sequus Pharmaceuticals. He currently serves as a director of Theranos Inc., Darkstrand Inc., Sapphire Energy Inc., and Elevance Renewable Sciences.

He has also served on the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy, and on the White House Domestic Policy Review of Industrial Innovation. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Robert is a 1959 graduate of Harvard College and holds a JD from Columbia University School of Law.

Partner Investments

Number of Partner Investments 1
Announced Date  
Organization Name  
Investor Name  
Lead Investor  
Funding Round  
Money Raised  
Sep 11, 2015
Conservis
Cultivian Sandbox Ventures
Yes
Series A - Conservis
$5M

Jobs

Number of Current Jobs 4
Number of Past Jobs 7
Robert Shapiro has 4 current jobs including Managing Director/Co-Founder at Sandbox Industries, Professor at University of Wisconsin - Madison, and Managing Director at Cultivian Sandbox Ventures. Additionally, Robert Shapiro has had 7 past jobs including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Monsanto.
Organization Name  
Title At Company  
Start Date  
End Date  
Monsanto
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer19952000
Monsanto
President and Chief Operating Officer19921995
G.D. Searle Company
President19821985
General Instrument
Vice President and General Counsel19721979
General Instrument
ice President and General Counsel
The NutraSweet Company
Chairman and CEO
Monsanto
Chairman and CEO

Board and Advisor Roles

Number of Current Board & Advisor Roles 5
Number of Past Board & Advisor Roles 9
Robert Shapiro holds 5 board and advisor roles including Member of the Board of Directors at Precigen, Member of the Board of Directors at Sapphire Energy, and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Pharmacia.
Organization Name  
Title At Company  
Start Date  
End Date  
Chromatin
Member of the Board of Directors
Sapphire Energy
Member of the Board of Directors
Rockwell International
Member of the Board of Directors
SEQUUS Pharmaceuticals
Member of the Board of Directors
Silicon Graphics
Member of the Board of Directors
Rockwell International
Member of the Board of Directors
Theranos
Member of the Board of Directors
Elevance Renewable Sciences
Member of the Board of Directors
Darkstrand
Member of the Board of Directors

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Education

Events

Number of Events 1
Robert Shapiro has participated in 1 event, Startup Boston Week 2019 on Sep 16, 2019.

Recent News and Activity

Number of News Articles 6