07/ PING LI
Managing Partner | Accel
We kick off our investor series (and bid adieu to our app sec series) with Ping Li of Accel. Ping was recently named the #2 investor in the Silicon Valley and is one of the most prominent investors in the security industry. He is remarkable not only for the success of his many investments, but for his candor and approachability. In a wide-ranging interview, we cover the biggest mistakes security companies make, how to successfully pitch your company to a veteran investor like Ping and we play an inaugural game of buzzword bingo to see if there's truly a market for that AI-powered blockchain idea you've been kicking around.
Ping Li joined Accel in 2004 and focuses on enterprise software application, datacenter platform and cybersecurity investments. He is an investor at Code42, Illumio, Lookout Mobile Security, and Tenable Network Security (NASDAQ). Prior to Accel, Ping served as product line manager and director of corporate development at Juniper Networks. He started his technology career in Asia working for Singapore Telecom and Goldman Sachs Asia's technology practice. Ping is from New Jersey and graduated from Harvard and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.