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Phil Sanderson

Phil Sanderson

Phil joined IDG Ventures as a Managing Director in September 2006. He previously served as a General Partner at WaldenVC for 10 years, where he primarily focused on early stage investments in new media and information technology. Phil was responsible for WaldenVC investments in VitalStream (VSTH), Bamboo.com (IPIX), NIKU (NIKU), Sina.com (SINA), Adknowledge and People3 (IT) and IDG Ventures investments in Funzio (GREE). Phil currently sits on the boards of Simply Hired, Telltale Games, and Midverse and led investments in BandPage, LeapCommerce and Iddiction.

Prior to WaldenVC, he worked as an investment banker in Robertson Stephens’ New Media and Information Technology Groups. At Robertson Stephens, Phil managed initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions assignments for CBT Systems, Computer Learning Centers, Electronic Arts, Fritz Integrated Logistics, Spectrum HoloByte, Sierra On-line and Vantive, among others. Prior to Robertson Stephens, he worked in Goldman Sachs’ corporate finance group. Phil has also founded and operated three companies in the retail, non-profit and manufacturing industries.

He is also Co-Chairman/Founder of the VCNetwork and the YVCA, two non-profit organizations consisting of over 1,000 venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. Each year, Phil manages social networking events that include the participation of 50% of the Valley’s General Partners. In addition, Phil serves on the Board of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and is the CFO.

Phil received his Master of Business Administration with Honors from the Harvard Graduate School of Business and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics with Honors from Hamilton College.