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Peter Wagner

Peter Wagner has worked in technology since the mid-1980’s, as a physicist, line manager and venture investor. He focuses primarily in Information Technology Infrastructure, including the networking, computing, storage, and wireless sectors. Some of his particular interests include web 2.0 scalability, data center virtualization, pervasive security, digital media, WAN/Internet performance optimization, and a broad array of mobile technologies/media/services.

Since joining Accel in 1996, Peter has led investments in dozens of early stage companies, many of which have gone on to complete IPO’s or successful acquisitions. These include Acopia Networks (acquired by F5), Airgo Networks (acquired by Qualcomm), Amber Networks (acquired by Nokia), Arrowpoint Communications (IPO 3/00, subsequently acquired by Cisco), Broadjump (IPO 6/04 after merger with Motive), iBEAM Broadcasting (IPO 5/00, subsequently acquired by Williams), Infinera (IPO 6/07), New Edge Networks (acquired by Earthlink), Northpoint Communications (IPO 5/99, subsequently acquired by ATT), Peribit Networks (acquired by Juniper), Tellium (IPO 5/01), TiMetra Networks (acquired by Alcatel) and Topspin Communications (acquired by Cisco). Peter was also part of the team responsible for Accel’s investments in Redback Networks (IPO 5/99, acquired by Ericsson) and Motive (IPO 6/04).

Peter currently serves on the Board of Directors at Altor Networks, Azul Systems, Consentry Networks, Kickfire, Omneon Video Networks (currently in registration for its IPO), ON Networks, Trapeze Networks and Wichorus. He also led Accel’s investments in and works closely with Mu Security, Netxen, Sylantro Systems, and Transitive Technologies.

In addition to his work in IT, Peter also leads Accel’s investment activity in the Energy sector. Areas of interest here include alternative and renewable energy (including nuclear power), energy storage, intelligent energy distribution and management, energy efficiency in IT and elsewhere, electric vehicles and portable power.

Prior to joining Accel, Peter was a line manager at Silicon Graphics, responsible for several generations of digital media, networking 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 Director and 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.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
CloudPhysics 8/2013Series B$10M4
Workspot 4/2013Seed$1.9M6
Morta Security 2/2013Seed$1M6
CloudPhysics 8/2012Series A$2.5M4
Vigilent 3/2012Venture Round$6.7M3
Tempo AI 12/2011Seed$2.5M12



  1. CloudPhysics Raises $10M From Kleiner Perkins For Simulating What The Cloud Might Do In That Old-Fashioned Data Center ( [edit]
  2. Workspot Raises $1.9M From Kleiner, Norwest, Redpoint, Others ( [edit]
  3. Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock And Norwest Back Stealthy Cyber Security Startup Founded By NSA Engineers, Morta ( [edit]
  4. Data Center Analytics Startup CloudPhysics Raises $2.5 Million From Mayfield Partners With Investment From VMware Co-Founders ( [edit]
  5. Vigilent Raises $6.7M From Accel For Intelligent Data Center Energy Management System ( [edit]
  6. Aiming To Become The ‘Valedictorian’ Of Smart Calendar Apps, Tempo Raises $10M ( [edit]
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