Peter Ziebelman


Peter Ziebelman

Lecturer in Management

Teaching Statement

Peter Ziebelman teaches S330 Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital: Partnership for Growth in the winter quarter. Peter received his degree from Stanford GSB in 1987 as a Sloan fellow (now the Stanford MSx Program). That year served as a perfect transition from his experience as an entrepreneur with venture backed start-ups to becoming a venture capitalist in 1988. Peter’s mission at Stanford GSB is to help students understand the insider’s view of venture capital, the real world of venture capital negotiations, and how to navigate in the rapidly evolving VC sector. His teaching, guest speakers, and active classroom discussion has benefited the Stanford GSB student who is planning his or her startup as well as the Stanford GSB student who wishes to enter the venture capital or private equity fields. Peter also advises Fortune 500 companies on entrepreneurship within their organizations as well as individuals who are interested in forming new venture capital partnerships.


Peter started his career as a venture capitalist over 30 years ago.

He cofounded Palo Alto Venture Partners in 1996, after starting the U.S. 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 served on the Stanford Graduate School of Business MSx Advisory Board, the board of the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, and the executive board of the Pacific Skyline Council. He also served as president of the Yale Club of Silicon Valley.

Peter was named to AlwaysOn’s Venture Capital 100 — the top 100 VCs for 2012.

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 startup — Ryan-McFarland (now Micro Focus, Plc).

Peter received a bachelor of science in combined sciences (with honors and distinction in the major) from Yale University in 1978, a master of science in management from the Stanford GSB in 1987.

Peter and his wife, Cindy, live in Palo Alto and have three sons.

Academic Degrees

  • MSx, Stanford GSB, 1987
  • BS (with honors), Yale University, 1978

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