Joe Schoendorf has been active in high technology industries for nearly forty years. Schoendorf is a member and strategic partner of the World Economic Forum and has served as a consultant to the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in Japan. He is able to help Accel’s portfolio management establish significant strategic global relationships in the US, Europe and Asia with a strong focus on China and Japan.
Schoendorf joined Accel in 1988. Previously he was the Vice President of Marketing for Apple Computer. Before that he was Executive Vice President for Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Ungermann-Bass.
Schoendorf has also championed Accel’s commitment to help exceptional entrepreneurs build lasting, category-defining technology companies. This effort led Accel to be one of four or five venture capital firms that stepped out of the shadows to superstar status in the brave new world of online economics. Over months, it has raised $600m in new investment capital, including a notable chunk from Microsoft, and enjoyed the luxury of refusing a further $400m, picking and choosing among its willing backers.
He came to Silicon Valley in 1966. During an eighteen-year career at Hewlett Packard he held numerous computer marketing and sales positions including Group Marketing Manager and General Manager of the Corporate Account Division.
Schoendorf holds a B.S.E.E. degree from Purdue University and has served on the Dean’s Advisory Council at Purdue’s Krannert School of Business.