Peter Ziebelman started his career as a venture capitalist 25 years ago.
He co-founded Palo Alto Venture Partners in 1996, after starting the US Information Technology Operations of the UK venture capital firm, Thompson Clive & Partners in 1988. Peter has served on the boards of early stage companies that ultimately became public companies, such as AvantGo (AVGO), Persistence (PRSW) and Vicinity (VCNT).
Peter has also served on the boards of dozens of privately held high technology companies across a range of sectors from cloud based computing (DemandForce) to calendaring (When.com) to online car insurance (esurance) to security (PostX). He is also an independent director to a select number of privately held companies. Peter was named to AlwaysOn's Venture Capital 100 the top 100 VC's for 2012.
He also enjoys teaching students as a Lecturer in Management for the course Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and as a visiting lecturer for several other business schools including Wharton, University of Chicago Booth School and University of Sydney.
Peter started his career in sales and sales management with the Semiconductor Group at Texas Instruments. He later became the business products manager at a venture backed software start-up -- Ryan-McFarland (now MicroFocus, Plc).
Peter is on the Stanford Graduate School of Business MSx Advisory Board, on the advisory board of the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford and formerly on the executive board of the Pacific Skyline Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a past president of the Yale Club of Silicon Valley.