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Accel Partners is a venture capital firm that has been dedicated for over 25 years to supporting entrepreneurs who possess the unique insight to define new categories and build world-class technology companies. These entrepreneurs have led fundamental industry transformations rather than followed predefined market trends. Accel deeply shares our entrepreneur's passion for fundamental uniqueness and their courage to be first.
This emphasis on leadership has engendered category defining companies that have reshaped their industries and in many cases created entirely new sectors. Accel-backed companies have sparked many of the most significant revolutions in technology businesses, such as: Veritas Software, RealNetworks, UUNet, Macromedia, PictureTel, Foundry Networks, Walmart.com, and many others.
To continue this tradition of success, Accel follows a strategy of cultivating relationships, knowledge, and category leading investments around a limited set of technology initiatives. This deep focus or "prepared mind" enables our entrepreneurs to count on us to make a range of value creative contributions including strategic financing, recruiting, business development and partnering. Thus, Accel has concentrated our early stage investment of over $3 billion under management in just two select areas: Software and Networking.
Andrew Braccia joined Accel in 2007, bringing with him a decade of operational and leadership experience. His primary areas of investment interest include consumer Internet and software businesses with a focus on web search, digital media, online gaming, and online advertising. Andrew currently sits on the board of Cloudera, the distributor of the popular Apache Hadoop open source software package; OpenX, the world's leading open source ad server; High Gear Media, a next generation automotive content and advertising network; Vox Media, a global Internet media company that currently has two major editorial brands, SB Nation and The Verge; TRUSTe, the leading internet privacy services provider; Tiny Speck, the maker of the online game Glitch; Squarespace, a premier web publishing platform; 99designs, an online marketplace for crowdsourced graphic design; Kekanto, a Brazilian online marketplace for user reviews and recommendations; Prezi, a cloud-based presentation and collaboration service; and CardSpring, an application platform for payment cards. Andrew also was part of the team that led Accelís investment in Ozforex, an online foreign exchange payments platform, and helps spearhead Accel's investment activity in the FB Fund.
Prior to Accel, Andrew held a variety of executive positions in business development, general management, and operations over nearly a decade-long career at Yahoo! Prior to his departure, he was responsible for running the Search and Marketplace group which included Web Search, Flickr, Yahoo! Answers, and Yahoo!ís commerce properties (Yahoo! Shopping, Yahoo! Travel, Yahoo! Real Estate, and Yahoo! Autos). Andrew also played a significant role in the acquisition and integration of several companies, including Del.icio.us, Inktomi, Overture, Alta Vista, and FAST.
Andrew currently serves on the National Board of Advisors for DonorsChoose.org, an online charity connecting donors to teachers and students in need.
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||ResearchGATE Social Network for Scientists|
||TRUSTe Privacy seal and compliance monitoring services|
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