Gil Penchina

Venture Partner

Cryptocurrency geek, repeat founder, rule breaker, closet plastic electric violin virtuoso, father of two.

Gil joined Ridge as a Venture Partner in 2011, and as a Managing Director in 2017, after collaborating on investments with Alex Rosen since 1999.

Gil was previously Co-founder of Fastly (IPO), CEO of Wikia (now a top 50 website), and a member of the pre-IPO executive team at eBay. Prior to eBay, Gil worked at General Electric, Bain & Company, and started two small technology companies.

As a serial entrepreneur and prolific angel investor, Gil has been an early investor in “unicorn” startups including Cruise Automotive, Dollar Shave Club, LinkedIn, and PayPal. Gil’s angel investments span 100+ companies including Wealthfront, AltSchool, AngelList, eShares, Hooked,, Indiegogo, Datanyze, and more.

He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MBA from Kellogg School of Business.