Soren Peterson is a vice president for SVB’s Corporate Finance practice. Based in Seattle, he is a trusted advisor to public and later-stage private technology companies in the Pacific Northwest, Western Canada and Utah. Soren thrives on learning about new technologies and business models and hearing a founder’s or CEO’s vision of the future; however, he thrives even more on rolling up his sleeves to help them untangle the many financial snags they inevitably encounter on their way to innovation glory — from capital needs and international money flows to regulatory hurdles and more. Calling on his extensive experience with SVB’s entire platform, Soren deftly navigates clients through the realms of treasury, investments, debt, trade finance, foreign exchange, credit cards and merchant services.
Soren joined SVB in 2013 as an associate in the Denver office before relocating to Seattle in 2014. Earlier in his career, Soren served as an analyst for big-data startup Discourse Analytics. Soren holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Duke University. During college, as part of the DukeEngage program, Soren spent a summer teaching English at the elementary level in impoverished neighborhoods in Hyderabad, India.
Outside of work, Soren serves as co-chair for the Seattle chapter of the Duke Global Entrepreneurship Network (DukeGEN); in this role, he helps organize several events a year for Duke alumni who are involved in or interested in entrepreneurship.
When he’s not working or volunteering, Soren is always on the move. He loves to spend time in the outdoors either on the water or hiking, skiing or snowshoeing in the mountains. Travel is always on his to-do list, and that includes international as well as some serious domestic travel — he plans to visit every state in the United States by either car or boat, without hopping on a plane.
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