Following the path of other wealthy, semi-retired tech entrepreneurs, RealNetworks founder Rob Glaser is joining Palo Alto, Calif.-based venture firm Accel Partners as a venture partner.
Glaser will mremain in Seattle, where he’ll look for promising investments in the Northwest for Accel and commute as needed to Palo Alto. He’s particularly interested in the intersection of mobile and social companies, and will work as an adviser to existing Accel companies, a spokeswoman said.
Accel was an early backer of Real, investing in the company in 1995.
“Rob’s extensive experience as a digital and social media pioneer should prove to be an asset for Accel’s renowned and growing technology portfolio,” Accel Managing Partner Jim Breyer said in a press release.
In other VC news, Voyager Capital partner Geoff Entress has joined Seattle’s Founders Co-op as general partner. He’ll stay with Voyager while helping Founders founders Andy Sack and Chris DeVore lead the seed-stage venture fund they started in 2008.