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Tony Abena

  • Tony Abenas
    Tony Abenas
Advisory Board Executive Committee

Currently, Tony is Operating Partner at Seven Peaks Ventures, the largest Oregon-based venture firm focused on investing in enterprise technology companies and entrepreneurs in emerging Western regional technology hub cities such as Seattle, Portland and Boise.  The fund was recently ranked seventh out of 240 2013-based vintage funds in terms of returns.

Tony was also the Chairman (and before that, CEO) of Insite Software.  In 2015 and 2017, Forrester named the company a Leader in B2B commerce platforms alongside Oracle, IBM, and SAP/Hybris.  Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer of Deloitte Investments, and Managing Director, Deloitte New-venture Accelerator, an internal investment fund and technology business incubator for Deloitte, the world’s largest professional services firm. Prior to Deloitte, he was President, Global Legal for Thomson Reuters, the leading provider of information powering the rule of law across the world. He was also CTO/COO at techies.com, that PCWeek recognized as the #1 technology recruitment website.  Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles including President, Gartner Institute and Vice President, Product at Gartner, the world’s leading IT research and advisory company.

In addition to his formal roles, Tony has also personally invested as an angel and served on the Board of Directors of customer engagement startup MyAlerts (acquired by ESW Capital in 2018), content analytics startup Docalytics (acquired by Contently in 2016), IP/patent analytics startup PatentCore (acquired by Reed Elsevier in 2015) and human capital technology startup Jobs2Web (acquired by SAP in 2014).

Tony earned his MBA from the University of Minnesota, and B.S. from Lewis and Clark College.  He balances his time between Edina, Minnesota and Bend, Oregon with his spouse and four children.

Job Title

Operating Partner at Seven Peaks Ventures