Peter Kant is CEO of Accion Systems. Peter Kant brings two decades of experience at the nexus of business, government, technology and policy including leadership positions in state and federal government, large companies, start-ups, and non-profits. He also currently serves on multiple corporate boards and advisory boards of venture funds.
Peter was previously CEO of Synapse Technology, which developed computer vision artificial intelligence technologies for the security industry. He took Synapse from pre-revenue to $6M in ARR resulting in a successful exit acquisition in just over 12 months.
Peter previously served as Vice President, Federal Partnerships at SRI International. SRI is a large non-profit research and development institute headquartered in Silicon Valley and provides R&D in multiple science and technology disciplines including artificial intelligence, bioscience, computer science, education policy, robotics and space. In his role he led SRI’s overall strategy and relationships in support of all fits $400M+ federal government programs and activities. While at SRI, Peter led SRI’s Center for Innovation Strategy and Policy as Executive Director. The Washington, D.C.-based Center focuses on the impacts of science and technology on public policy and strategy.
Prior to joining SRI in 2014, Peter served as Executive Vice President at OSI Systems, Inc, a publicly-traded security and medical technology firm. Over his 10-year career at OSI, he held multiple positions (primarily at Rapiscan Systems) including, leading the International Division, leading the US Division and he also held senior roles in global government affairs and business development. During his tenure Rapiscan grew annual revenues from ~$200M to over $900M
Peter started his career in government service working in political positions at the state and federal levels. He worked for Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II; served as Policy Director for the Texas House of Representatives; and served as an appointee in President Clinton’s administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and on Vice President Gore’s Domestic Policy staff.
Peter earned his undergraduate degree in politics and economics from Brandeis University and his Masters of Public Policy at Duke University.