Accel Partners Adds Rob Solomon As Venture Partner

              Accel Partners Adds Rob Solomon As Venture Partner

Experienced Technology Executive and Investor to Join Global Firm

PR Newswire

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 30, 2013

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Accel Partners, a leading
Silicon Valley venture capital firm focusing on early stage and growth equity
investments, today announced the addition of Rob Solomon as Venture Partner.
Most recently, he served as President & COO for Groupon responsible for sales,
marketing, business development, operations & international as the company
experienced rapid growth going from 100 employees to 6,000.

As Venture Partner, Rob will be evaluating early stage and growth equity
opportunities with Accel. He will also play a major role in advising the
firm's portfolio companies on a wide range of strategic and operational issues
like product management, scaling infrastructure, business operations, and
mergers and acquisitions. Accel Partners has been an early investor in leading
consumer internet companies including Dropbox, Etsy, Facebook, Kayak, Prezi,
Rovio (Angry Birds), Trulia, and Vox Media.

"Rob is a successful and proven executive and investor who adds tremendous
value to our firm and we are excited to have him join us," said Accel Partner
Andrew Braccia. "He has been at the helm of some of the most high profile
consumer internet brands and has demonstrated a unique ability to inspire and
lead teams through both rapid growth and challenging times."

Solomon brings more than 18 years of experience as an investor and consumer
technology executive to Accel. Prior to Groupon he was a Venture Partner at
TCV and CEO of SideStep, the web's first real-time vertical search engine in
the travel category. Under his leadership the company experienced a successful
turnaround and merger with Kayak. Prior to SideStep, Solomon was a member of
Yahoo!'s executive management team and served as Senior Vice President,

"Accel has an excellent reputation for putting their portfolio companies at
the center of everything that they do, and I believe that philosophy has been
core to their success over the past 30 years," said Solomon. "I'm very
excited to be working along side the brightest investors and entrepreneurs
around, to help identify and scale Internet technologies that will transform
our world."

Over the course of his career, Solomon has served on a number of boards and
currently sits on the board of directors for HomeAway (NASDAQ: AWAY), HighGear
Media (Accel Partners and Greylock) and the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA.
Solomon holds a bachelor's in history from the University of California,

Accel Background
Founded in 1983, and managing over $9.6 billion in capital, 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, Alfresco, Angry Birds (Rovio), Atlassian, BBN, Bonobos,
Braintree, Brightcove, Cloudera, ComScore, (Quidsi), Dropbox,
Etsy,, Facebook, Flipkart, Fusion-IO, Gameforge, GlamMedia,
Groupon, Imperva, Infinera, Interwoven, IronPlanet, JBoss, Kayak, Lookout,
Macromedia, metroPCS, MoPub, Myntra, OPOWER, Polycom/PictureTel, Playfish,
Portal Software, QlikTech, Rapt, Real Networks, Redback, Responsys, Riverbed,
Spotify, Squarespace, SunRun, Trulia, UUNet, Veritas,, Webroot,
Wonga, XenSource and Zimbra.

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SOURCE Accel Partners

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