Peter WagnerIndependent Director
Peter Wagner has worked in technology since the mid-1980’s, as a physicist, line manager and venture investor. As a Partner at Accel Partners for 15 years, and now as an independent investor and company-builder, he focuses on early stage opportunities in the information technology sector.
Peter has led investments in dozens of ventures, many of which have gone on to complete IPOs or successful acquisitions. Peter is responsible for Accel’s investments in current portfolio companies Blue Jeans Network, Broadsoft, Complex Media, Fusion-io, Nimble Storage, OPOWER and Qwilt. His prior investments include Acopia, Tellium, Riverbed Technology, Redback Networks, ArrowPoint Communications, Peribit Networks, Altor Networks, Wichorus, Omneon, Northpoint Communications, iBEAM Broadcasting, Topspin Communications, Timetra Networks and Infinera. In addition to his US-focused investment activity, Peter led Accel’s original initiatives in India, culminating in the formation of Accel India in 2008. He has a deep interest in the region and works closely with the Accel India team on investments and strategy. Peter now works independently from the firm he helped build into an industry leader, but is still dedicated to engaging deeply with talented founders to develop leading companies of lasting value in IT’s most explosive markets. His current interests include opportunities in digital media, analytics, virtualization, cloud computing, cloud-based services, storage, networking and mobility. Prior to his career in venture capital, Peter was a line manager at Silicon Graphics, responsible for several generations of digital media and graphics workstation products. Before Silicon Graphics, Peter worked with McKinsey and Company, consulting to market leaders in technology, energy, aerospace and financial services. Peter began his career as a physicist working in nuclear fusion research and aerospace. Peter is a past President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists. He holds an A.B. in Physics from Harvard College, summa cum laude, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.