VCJ Fact Sheet for Bob Keith
Born: December 15, 1941 in Philadelphia, PA
Education: Amherst College; Temple University Law School
Career Path: Robert E. Keith Jr. is a Managing Director of Technology Leaders (aka TL Ventures), a group of VC funds focused on technology services, software communications and biotechnology. Keith is also CEO of Technology Leaders Management Inc., which is responsible for operations of the fund. He is also a senior advisor to, and co-founder of, EnerTech Capital Partners, a VC fund targeting tech companies that benefit from deregulation of the utility industry. Prior to his affiliation with Technology Leaders in 1989, Mr. Keith held executive positions with Fidelity Bank in Philadelphia for over 20 years, most recently as Vice Chairman. At Fidelity, he headed the Corporate Banking Department, which included specialized and commercial lending groups and several non-banking subsidiaries.
Venture Focus: Technology
Board Seats: Aberdeen Group, Inc., American Education Centers Inc., Circles Company Associates Inc., eDirect.com, Internet Capital Group, Syncra Systems Inc., Safeguard Scientifics, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Investment Committee of TRF Urban Growth Partners LP.
Greatest Accomplishment: Transitioning from a commercial banker to a venture capitalist.
Biggest Mistake: Going to law school instead of business school.
If you weren?t a VC, you?d be a? CEO and major shareholder of an IT services company.
Pet Peeve: People on the other side of the negotiating table who enjoy the process as much, or more, than reaching a reasonable agreement.
Did You Know? Collects antique toy soldiers (3,200 of them at last count).
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