Founder & CEO
Peter is CEO and Managing Partner of Act 5 Ventures LLC. He has been a serial entrepreneur for over 30 years, launching 14+ startups in SaaS, Fintech, professional services, mobility/LBS, and consumer products, and experiencing exits in both the public and private equity markets, Peter has been an active angel investor for 17+ years, and is affiliated with several well-known angel groups (e.g., Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, Keiretsu Forum, US Angels, Bay Angels, Cannabis Investment Network). He has also mentored dozens of early-stage companies and their founders over the last 20 years. Peter was a founding principal of several venture- and angel-backed startups, among them: Perspectrum LLC (founder, managing partner); The EARN Group (co-founder, managing principal); Lexica Software (founder & CEO; acquired by Buena Venture Associates); InsureZone (co-founder and CTO; privately held); Alysis Technologies (MBO participant; IPO 1995; acquired by Pitney-Bowes). He has extensive experience in business strategy, operations, finance, due diligence, technology, software product development, marketing, and governance.
Peter has served on over 10 for-profit and nonprofit Executive and Advisory boards, and has been a consultant to senior management at Fortune-500 firms including Charles Schwab, Wells Fargo, Policy Management Systems (now CSC), Argo Insurance Group, Bank of America, Mellon Capital, American Express and Microsoft. He has created business-leading development and growth strategies for early-stage firms in the financial services, insurance, mobility, software, consumer durables, food and beverage, personal security, and other industries.
In the technology sphere, he has defined and developed groundbreaking systems ranging from the world’s largest document imaging system, to distributed, high-volume new business and customer management systems, institutional portfolio management platforms, and the insurance industry’s first Internet e-commerce platform. He architected an early location-based, telematics-integrated mobile personal assistant platform at the dawn of the smartphone era. In R&D in the 1980s, he was the second member of the speech research lab in Apple’s Advanced Technology Group, and earlier co-designed the first high-speed networks at HP Labs.
Peter lives in Marin County, California, with his Daughters Caroline and Claire, and Ginger, their wildly overindulged miniature Goldendoodle. When not enjoying global travel or hiking the Marin foothills with his girls, Peter can often be found taking and editing photographs, exercising, reading, writing, looking for yet another audiophile experience, cooking gourmet meals, or mixing serious martinis for friends.