Global venture capital firm Accel Partners has hired John Earner as an entrepreneur-in-residence in its London office. Before joining the Accel team, Earner was VP of product management and most recently general manager of the London Studio. He has extensive experience in social gaming companies and spent four years at Playfish in San Francisco and London.
Accel Partners, the global venture capital firm, announced today the addition of John Earner as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence in the London office. Prior to joining Accel, John was VP of Product management and more recently General Manager of the London Studio. John will bring his unique product insights and experience in scaling social gaming companies to help source and develop next generation businesses in the gaming space.
“I am very excited to join Accel Partners as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence,” said John Earner. “Having worked closely with Accel as an entrepreneur, I am thrilled to team up again, and seek to build tomorrow’s market leader in gaming.”
Kevin Comolli, Partner at Accel Partners said: “John has a unique background building and scaling social gaming businesses. As an early investor in Playfish, we had the opportunity to work closely with him and we’re delighted to bring him on board”.
He oversaw the release and management of Pet Society, Restaurant City, and The Sims Social three of the most successful EA/Playfish games. Previously, John worked at Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), where he oversaw product and business development for the PlayStation Network. Prior to that, he was a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group, advising clients in the gaming and digital media industries. John started out his career in the US Navy, where he served as an Officer for four years. John holds a B.S in Industrial Engineering from Stanford, and an MBA from Berkley’s Walter A. Haas School of Business.
About Accel Partners
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 companies, many of which have defined their categories, including Angry Birds (Rovio), ComScore, Facebook, Groupon, Kayak, Playfish, QlikTech , Spotify, and Wonga.