Managing Partner at Almaz Capital
Peter Loukianoff is co-founder and managing partner of Almaz Capital Partners. Prior to establishing Almaz, he was a partner at Alloy Ventures from 2001-2008. Before joining Alloy, he was on the founding teams of Autonomy, Inc. (US), a pioneer in Internet search, and Ubiquinet, Inc., a location-based services and software company.
Mr. Loukianoff led Almaz investments in nScaled, Qik (acquired by Skype) and Yandex (Nasdaq: YNDX). Other current and past investments include Apptera, Audiobasket, Versata (Nasdaq: VATA), Xactly and ZipRealty (Nasdaq: ZIPR). He is a co-inventor of several patented mobile messaging technologies that are enabling a new and exciting market in voice and visual mobile advertising.
As the Cold War was ending, Mr. Loukianoff was one of the first Americans to establish joint ventures with prominent Russian scientific institutions, including the Kurchatov Institute and Academy of Sciences. These joint ventures served to facilitate technology-licensing arrangements with US companies, such as Apple, Sun Microsystems and General Atomics. In 1991, he organized a first-of-its-kind Russian-American symposium on technology transfer and commercialization, which featured President Gorbachev's chief technology advisor Dr. Evgeny Velikhov and Nobel Laureate Dr. Glenn Seaborg.
Mr. Loukianoff is an internationally recognized expert on venture capital and entrepreneurship in Russia. He has been covered by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek and CNBC, and has been a contributing author to Forbes. Mr. Loukianoff was recently part of a historic venture capital delegation to Russia, and met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to address Russia’s technology modernization program.
Mr. Loukianoff earned an MBA and BS Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.