Phil SandersonManaging Director
Phil joined IDG Ventures as a Managing Director in September 2006. He was previously a General Parner 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 People 3 (IT) and IDG Ventures investments in Funzio (GREE). Phil currently sits on the boards of Telltale Games, Simply Hired, Phoenix Labs, Survata, Next Games, Mastermind Studios, Fresh Planet, nWay and Free Range Games, and led investments in BandPage, GuideSpark, AlphaDraft, Plain Vanilla Games, and Freeform.
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 and 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 VC Network and the YVCA; two non-profit organizations consisting of over 1,000 venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. Each year, Phil manages social networking events which include the participation of 50% of the Valley’s General Partners. In addition, Phil is the Co-Chairman of the Board of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC).
Phil received his Master of Business Administration with Honors from the Harvard Graduate School of Business and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economic with Honors from Hamilton College.