Brian O’Malley joins Accel

Brian OMalley.croppedAccel Partners is announcing Thursday morning that Brian O’Malley is joining the firm as a partner, focused on early-stage deals. O’Malley had been with Battery Ventures since 2004, where he led the firm’s seed and early-stage practice and focused on investments in consumer Internet services, cloud services and software. Among his deals, O’Malley invested in Bazaarvoice and Skullcandy (both of which have gone public), as well as Insitu (acquired by Boeing). Other investments of O’Malley’s at Battery include Brightedge, HotelTonight and Sōsh.

Prior to joining Battery, Brian spent several years as an entrepreneur, most recently at Bowstreet Inc, where he helped build Web service-based API integrations, according to his online bio. He started his career as a Web developer for Motorola Computer Group during his sophomore year of college at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Photo courtesy of Accel Partners.

UPDATE: This post was updated to include the press release below.



Experienced Investor Joins Firm’s Early Stage Team

PALO ALTO, Calif. (December 5, 2013) — Accel Partners, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm, today announced Brian O’Malley as the latest addition to the firm’s early stage team. Brian most recently was a General Partner at Battery Ventures, where he led their Seed & Early Stage practices focusing on investments in consumer internet services, cloud services and software.

“We are pleased to announce that Brian will join our firm as a Partner,” said Sameer Gandhi, Accel Partners. “Brian’s exemplary track record and numerous successes, along with his enthusiasm for working along side smart and motivated entrepreneurs makes him an ideal addition to the Accel team.”

In his ten years at Battery, Brian invested in emerging leaders such as:  Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV), Brightedge, Coupa, Duetto, Joor, J. Hilburn, H. Bloom, HotelTonight, Insitu (acquired by Boeing) Serena & Lily, Skullcandy (NASDAQ: SKUL), Sōsh, TradeKing and Viddy.

“I feel privileged to join the team,” said Brian O’Malley. “The group at Accel has consistently invested in and helped build some of the most exciting and defining technology companies from the earliest stages, across multiple categories, ranging from consumer apps to enterprise infrastructure. Even with this success, I’ve been humbled by Accel’s drive to partner with and support the next generation of the world’s best entrepreneurs and am excited to help them continue to shape the future.”

Prior to Battery, Brian spent several years as an entrepreneur, most recently at  Bowstreet, Inc. (acquired by NYSE: IBM) where he built some of the first web service-based API integrations.   He started his career as a web developer for Motorola Computer Group during his sophomore year of college. He is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he completed a Dual Concentration in Entrepreneurial Finance and Management.

Accel Partners Background
Founded in 1983, Accel Partners has a long history of partnering with outstanding entrepreneurs and management teams to build world-class businesses. Accel today invests globally using dedicated teams and market-specific strategies for local geographies, with offices in Palo Alto, California, New York City, London, and Bangalore, as well as in China via its partnership with IDG-Accel.

Accel has helped entrepreneurs build over 300 successful technology companies, many of which have defined their categories, including 99designs, Actuate, AdMob, Agile Software, AirWatch, Alfresco, Angry Birds (Rovio), Atlassian, BBN, Bonobos, Braintree, Brightcove, Cloudera, ComScore, (Quidsi), Dropbox, Etsy, Facebook, Flipkart, Fusion-IO, Gameforge, GlamMedia, Groupon, HasOffers, Imperva, Infinera, Interwoven, IronPlanet, JBoss, Kayak, Lookout, Macromedia, metroPCS, MoPub, Myntra, Nimble Storage, Opower, OzForex, Polycom/PictureTel, Playfish, Portal Software, QlikTech, Quidsi, Real Networks, Redback, Responsys, Riverbed, Spotify, Squarespace, SuperCell, SunRun, Trulia, UUNet, Veritas,, Webroot, Wonga, XenSource and Zimbra.

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