“I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man!”
Jay-Z in Kanye West’s “Diamonds Are Forever: Re-Mix

Phil SandersonHi and thanks for visiting my blog. I’m a General Partner at Ridge Ventures, located in San Francisco. I focus on investments in gaming, music technology, ecommerce, search and adtech. See Ridge’s entire portfolio here.

I started my investment career at Goldman Sachs and Robertson Stephens. After five years of Wall Street, I got an MBA from Harvard and then became a venture capitalist for 18 years and counting. I started at WaldenVC, then joined Ridge in 2006. I’m active in the Silicon Valley venture community and am co-chairman/founder of the VCNetwork, a non-profit comprising over 1,000 Silicon Valley General Partners.

I’ve always been a big fan of entrepreneurship. As a kid, I camped out at the local bank and pulled out thousands of silver coins from circulation. I sold them at bulk for 30x what I paid, profiting from the short-term run-up of silver prices from $10 to $50 per ounce. While a student at Hamilton College, I launched my first official business in athletic retail by silk screening running tights that grossed over $250K.

Some odds and ends about me:

– I’m an ultra marathoner and have completed more than 40 races over 50K, including seven 100-mile races. I regularly run the Marin trails, either with fellow VCs and tech execs or by myself and my playlists of modern rap and hip hop.

  • Favorite race: Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run

– I love music, both as a fan and a tech investor.

  • Favorite playlist artist: Nicki Minaj
  • Favorite music investment: Pandora (first investor)

– I’ve been a gamer my entire life and have worked in game finance for 20 years.

  • Favorite Game: “The Walking Dead”

– I’m a reader and mainly read nonfiction and business books.

  • Favorite book: Atlas Shrugged

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