Rob McCord



Rob McCord is a venture capitalist, teacher, and chairman of the Eastern Technology Council. As a venture capitalist, McCord serves as a managing director of Pennsylvania Early Stage Partners. These funds provide seed and early-stage funding and guidance for technology companies in the Eastern Corridor.

At the Technology Council, McCord helps top executives of more than 1,000 member companies raise capital and find valuable contacts, capital, and information. He also leads a staff that provides innovative educational and financial programs, events, and publications.

As a teacher and a lecturer, McCord has worked as a senior fellow and adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and at Haverford College. On the paid lecture circuit, McCord has spoken to hundreds of organizations, including Fortune 500 companies and leading trade associations. McCord usually focuses on areas where finance, politics, and technology overlap.

McCord previously served as a senior executive at Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., a publicly-traded firm that provides venture capital and strategic management services for technology-oriented companies. McCord served as CEO of the bipartisan Congressional Institute for the Future, where he ran a staff which tracked legislation and provided policy analyses and briefings. In addition, during a decade of service on Capitol Hill, McCord worked as chief of staff, speechwriter, budget analyst, and press secretary in a variety of Congressional offices.

Extraordinarily active in corporate and civic governance, McCord has served on the boards of a broad variety of private and publicly-traded corporations and organizations.