Patrick Kenealy

Patrick Kenealy

Venture Partner

Media business sage, student of computer history, operator turned investor, father of three.

Pat is a Co-Founder and Venture Partner at Ridge and currently serves as board director or observer at Espresa, nWay, Upwave and Yesware.

Prior to co-founding Ridge, Pat was CEO at IDG, Publisher and CEO of PCWorld and Founder and CEO of IDG’s Digital News Publishing subsidiary.

Pat holds a BA in Economics from Harvard University.


Gil Penchina

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 is Co-founder of Fastly, and was previously 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, Switch.co, 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.


Mary Boyajian

Mary Boyajian

Analyst

Eternally curious. Engineer in a past life. Runs on chocolate and coffee. Happiest outdoors.

Mary supports the investment and build teams by conducting research, supporting due diligence efforts, and contributing to the building of internal processes and tools at Ridge.

Prior to joining Ridge, she worked at Accenture as a Senior Analyst where she developed functional and technical designs for ERP Implementation. Earlier at Accenture, she was also Lead Business Analyst and Software QA Lead, where she led software QA and UAT testing, designed test cases and validated functionality, and trained directors and managers on software functionalities.

She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from California Institute of Technology.


Yousuf Khan

Yousuf Khan

Partner

Sweater vest-wearing CIO; from Pakistan, Egypt, Kenya, and UK. Digs Dr. Pepper, Eagles, Spiderman and helping founders.

Yousuf focuses on supporting founders through the vantage point of deep start-up experience having held multiple operating roles. He currently serves as board director for Polly, the leading survey solution in Slack and Microsoft Teams and Ridge-backed Rewind, the leading backup solution for business-critical web applications.

Prior to joining Ridge, Yousuf was the first-ever CIO of Automation Anywhere, a global leader in Robotic Process Automation. He was the CIO and Vice President of Customer Success at cloud-based AI platform Moveworks, as well as CIO of Pure Storage, Qualys, and Hult International Business School. He continues to host monthly CIO events amongst his peers which have become known as group therapy dinners where problem solving and design partnership lead conversations.

He holds a BSc in Business Management from King’s College London.


Brendan Baker

Brendan Baker

Partner

Seeker of quietly awesome people, ascender and descender of mountains, furniture maker, and recovered materials engineer.

Brendan focuses on helping founders build large, generational, revenue-driven companies. He led Ridge’s investment in Loop Returns. He currently serves as board director or observer at Grabango, Loop Returns and Sama.

Prior to joining Ridge, Brendan worked with several early-stage venture funds including Wing and Hone Capital, as well as companies and accelerators including Passport, Shift, Batch, AngelPad, Techstars, and others.

Previously, Brendan was also a Director at Greylock, founding a program to build data and software systems to find and evaluate new investments. He was the second employee at AngelList, overseeing 8000 pitches and helping more than 300 startups raise funding.

His background also includes professional assignments with Practica Foundation as Ethiopian Country Director, which designs and distributes low cost water and energy products in African markets, as well as serving as Director of Engineers Without Borders Canada.

He holds a BASc in Materials Engineering from University of British Columbia, MPhil from University of Cambridge, and an MBA from University of Oxford.


Alexander Rosen

Alex Rosen

Managing Partner

Immigrant. Teenage computer nerd. Father of twins. Agitator for excellence. Loves connecting founders to enterprise customers.

Alexander (Alex) Rosen is Managing Partner and co-founder of Ridge Ventures. He focuses on investing in companies developing software that radically changes end-user experiences. Alex currently serves as board director or observer at Eskalera (future workplace platform), Habu (privacy-safe data sharing), Kazoo (employee engagement platform), Minted (design-driven e-commerce), Ontic (protective intelligence platform), Outlier (automated business analysis), Retail Zipline (communication platform), Smartling (translation management SaaS), SafeGraph (geolocation data), and UpLift (payment management for travel).  He also led Ridge Ventures’ investments in multiple companies including Braze, MaintainX, The League, and Trifacta. Prior to co-founding Ridge he was a Partner at Sprout Group, where he was head of the Internet and Software group.

His prior investments include Blue Box (acquired by IBM), Fastly (IPO), Flowdock (acquired by Rally), MyNewPlace (acquired by RealPage), mySimon (acquired by CNET), Krux (acquired by Salesforce.com), MindMeld (acquired by Cisco), SideStep (acquired by Kayak), and Vidible (acquired by Verizon/Oath).  Alex started his venture capital career as an associate with General Atlantic Partners, served as an advisor to Vector Capital, and developed software for Telcordia and AT&T Bell Labs early in his professional life.

He holds BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from MIT and an MBA from Stanford University.

He lives in San Francisco with his wife and twin daughters.