Peter Sisson is a tech company founder with over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications and Internet industries. A consummate geek, he spent his early school years programming computers, running from bullies, and avoiding gym glass whenever possible. He studied computer science at Cornell and went on to earn a master’s degree in computer science from Stanford. He started his career writing PBX operating system software at Bell Labs, which soon after began its transition from a national institution to being owned by the French.
After a stint overseas doing volunteer work, Peter attended the Tuck School, where he graduated with an MBA. This led to jobs in management consulting at Arthur D. Little and equity research at Montgomery Securities.
He started his first company, WineShopper.com, in 1998, at the peak of the first Internet bubble. WineShopper, funded by Kleiner Perkins and Amazon.com, was acquired by Wine.com in 2000. Since then, he has launched three successful companies, Mixonic, which is profitable but still private, Teleo, a communications software company acquired by Microsoft in 2005, and Line2, a top-grossing App that lets customers add a second phone line to their Apple and Android devices.
Peter is an avid adventure traveller and reader of maritime history. He lives in both San Francisco and New York.
- 02/18/10 -techcrunch.com