Peter Sonsini

General Partner, Menlo Park

Pete joined NEA in 2005 and focuses on early-stage enterprise software, systems and consumer internet  companies. He is the co-head of NEA’s enterprise software practice group, and serves on several boards for NEA portfolio companies. Past investments include Xensource (acquired by Citrix Systems) and Teracent (acquired by Google).

Prior to NEA, Pete was Senior Director of Strategic Alliances at VMware where he struck the company's initial OEM deals and grew annual sales through OEMs from $0 to $40 million in four years. Pete ran product management at Mirapoint and worked in sales and marketing at Hewlett-Packard, including Worldwide Product Manager for the mid-range server business. Pete began his career at Montgomery Securities in the Technology Corporate Finance group. Pete received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and his BA in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Interests

Experience

  • UC Berkeley
    1986–1990 UC Berkeley BA, Political Economy of Industrial Societies
  • NU
    1994–1995 Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, MBA
  • Novell
    1995 Novell MBA Internship
  • 1995–1996 Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, MBA
  • HP
    1996–1998 Hewlett-Packard Worldwide Product Marketing Manager
  • Mirapoint
    1998–2001 Mirapoint Director of Product Management
  • VMware
    2001–2005 VMware Senior Director, Strategic Alliances
  • NEA
    2005–Current NEA General Partner