Our Team

The NewSchools team draws on extensive experience from across the education, business, policy and nonprofit sectors to help find, fund and support teams of educators and innovators.

Rob Stavis

Rob Stavis

Rob Stavis is a partner in Bessemer’s New York office. He focuses on investments in the financial-services sector, education and emerging software and hardware technologies.

Rob has been actively investing for more than 15 years and currently serves on the board of directors of fintech companies Betterment, Knewton, Gerson Lehrman Group, United Capital Financial Partners; edtech start-ups 2U and BrightBytes; as well as Yodle and Main Street Hub, two companies building platforms to help local businesses. Rob’s historical investments include Skype (acquired by eBay); consumer web application Hunch (acquired by eBay); and mobile gaming company OMGPOP (acquired by Zynga).

Rob entered venture capital after a 15-year career at Salomon Smith Barney, where he was co-head of global arbitrage trading, a member of Salomon’s operating and risk-management committees and chaired the recruiting committee. Rob holds a BAS from the engineering school of the University of Pennsylvania and a BSE from the Wharton School of Management.