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Silicon Valley VC Accel Partners adds Eric Woolford as venture partner

24 Jan 2014

Silicon Valley venture capital firm Accel Partners has named Eric Wolford as venture partner. Most recently he served as president, products group for Riverbed Technology, and was also appointed to its board of directors and strategy committee.

Prior to Riverbed, he served as senior vice president of products and marketing for netVmg, later acquired by Internap, and VP product management and marketing for Fast Forward which was acquired by Inktomi, where he served as VP of product marketing. He began his career with AT&T.

Wolford will be working closely with the growth equity firm’s enterprise IT and data-driven software investment team and will be responsible for evaluating and investing, and building early stage companies. Additionally, he’ll help advise the firm’s portfolio companies on a range of operational issues including, strategy, product development and marketing, said Accel partner Ping Li.

“Over the past 15 years we’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Eric as Accel invested in companies where he played important management roles,” said Li. “Eric has a unique ability to align product development strategy and market needs, with remarkable timing. We have enormous respect for his accomplishments in creating new innovative products and are excited to share that he’ll be joining our team.”

Accel Partners has long focused on enterprise software and IT, with early investments in data center companies like Nimble Storage, Imperva, FusionIO and Riverbed. Accel investments in enterprise include Atlassian, Bluejeans, Cloudera, Couchbase, Lookout, Scalearc, Sumo Logic, RelateIQ, Tenable and Trifacta.

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