Bob is currently the co-founder and managing director of Sternhill Associates, a venture capital and consulting firm located in the Greater Boston area. His background is in technology, marketing, planning, and venture capital, with deep experience in computing, communications, medical and scientific devices, the Internet, and enterprise software, and has been involved in over seventy start-up companies, as either an employee, investor, and/or board member.
He is currently a member of the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, a mentor at Greentown Labs, an “expert” member of MassChallenge, an advisor to the Harvard Medical/BIDMC Health Technology Exploration Center, and serves on the Advisory Boards at SparkCognition and Statum Systems..
Bob joined Compaq Computer Corporation in 1993 as Senior Vice President, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, responsible for directing all of the Company’s strategic planning and business development activities, including a $400M venture portfolio. Stearns joined Compaq from McKinsey & Company, where he served as a consultant to domestic and international high technology clients. Prior to joining McKinsey, he held senior management positions at a number of technology companies, including Codex, Motorola, and with Management Technologies Inc., which he co-founded. After Compaq, Bob co-founded Sternhill Partners, a Houston-based high tech venture capital firm that he helped manage with two other partners for almost 15 years. While a Managing Partner at Sternhill, Bob served on the boards of pcOrder.com, Boingo Wireless, PentaSafe, RLX Technologies, Surgient Networks, Detto Inc., Kurion, iVita; TimesN Systems, IMSafer, and, Clearcube Technologies.
Bob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Brown University, and a Master of Science degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.