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Harvard Business School, MBA 1997
Hamilton College, BA 1990


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Phil Sanderson

In September 2006, Phil joined IDG Ventures SF as a Managing Director. He was previously a General Partner at WaldenVC for 9+ years. At WaldenVC, Phil focused on early stage deals in new media and IT. Phil remains as a member of the Board of Directors of VitalStream (VSTH) and served on the Boards of IPIX (IPIX) and NIKU (NIKU). 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 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 which 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 (WAVC, and the US Track & Field Foundation (USTAF).

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.

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