Pete Shadbolt is a cofounder of PsiQuantum, a Palo Alto-based startup building a general-purpose silicon photonic quantum computer. As Chief Strategy Officer, Pete oversees the application and implementation of all technology and scientific related polices and procedures that are vital to the success of PsiQuantum. After earning his PhD in experimental photonic quantum computing from the University of Bristol in 2014, Pete was a postdoc at Imperial College researching the theory of photonic QC. During his time at Bristol, he demonstrated the first-ever Variational Quantum Eigensolver and the first-ever public API to a quantum processor. He has been awarded: the 2014 EPSRC “Rising Star” by the British Research Council; the EPSRC Recognizing Inspirational Scientists and Engineers Award; and the European Physics Society Thesis Prize.r.