Peter Gajdos

Peter Gajdos

Managing Director & Portfolio Manager

Peter Gajdos

Contact info:
(415) 962-2551
Executive Assistant Contact info:
Victoria “Rory” Jenks
(415) 963-3325

Joined CMEA: 2013
Years Experience Building Companies: 7
Education: MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; BA in International Business and Finance, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Board Seats: Auspex Pharmaceuticals (former Observer – IPO: NASDAQ:ASPX), Ardelyx (former Observer – IPO: NASDAQ: ARDX), Arcadia Biosciences, CNano Technology, Reel Solar (acquired by Chinese strategic investor), Neos Therapeutics (Observer), Exela Pharma Sciences (Observer), Wildcat Discovery Technologies (Observer),

Deal Starters: Big vision combined with hard work and diligence
Non-starters: “What’s in it for me?”
Outside Activities: Soccer, ice hockey, mountaineering

Beating the odds defines Peter’s way of approaching problems in both business and life. Coming from a small town in the mountains of Slovakia, Peter never shied away from an adventure, whether it was climbing a 19,000-foot mountain or competing in a 200-mile bike race. Peter is passionate about taking chances on improbable causes and providing entrepreneurs and partners motivation and encouragement to keep going even in seemingly dire situations.

Peter began his career at JP Morgan in New York, where he advised on M&A and IPO transactions for small and large energy companies in North and Latin America. He then joined Virgin Green Fund in London, a fund backed by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, investing in young renewable energy and resource efficiency companies in Europe, Israel and North America. Peter helped backing and managing 11 companies at Virgin Green Fund and learned valuable lessons on capital efficiency, economic cycles, operational and entrepreneurial excellence. Having worked at Warburg Pincus and Silver Lake Kraftwerk in the recent past, Peter is now ready to apply best practices managing a diverse portfolio at CMEA Capital.

In addition to his work at CMEA, Peter also runs and sponsors a small non-profit educational initiative in Slovakia, and has participated in a Haitian-American non-profit organization focused on economic relief in Haiti.

When he is not chasing balls on a soccer field or his two little boys in one of San Francisco’s parks, Peter loves to geek out on solar technologies, 3D printing and generally anything that solves significant environmental issues.