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Gil Penchina

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Had a hand in eBay, LinkedIn, PayPal, Evite, Fastly, UXPin, Wealthfront, Indiegogo, Angelist etc. Either as an operator or an Angel Investor

Had a hand in eBay, LinkedIn, PayPal, Evite, Fastly, UXPin, Wealthfront, Indiegogo, Angelist etc. Either as an operator or an Angel Investor

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
Immediately

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing

Involved In

Founder

Linkedin, Viddy, Paypal, Wikia, Evite, Fastly, IndieGogo, Couchsurfing and more

Advisor

San Francisco Opera

Positions

Really BUSY _ January 2013 - present
Board Member San Francisco Opera September 2013 - June 2014
Co-Founder or Angel Linkedin, Viddy, Paypal, Wikia, Evite, Fastly, IndieGogo, Couchsurfing and more October 1998 - October 2012
CEO Wikia.com April 2006 - October 2011
VP, General Manager, International eBay August 2004 - May 2006
VP and General Manager, International Expansion eBay November 2002 - July 2004
VP and GM, Collectibles Business eBay January 2002 - November 2002
VP Business Development ebay September 2000 - January 2002
Director, Mergers and Acquisitions eBay September 1999 - September 2000
Manager, Business Development eBay August 1998 - September 1999
Associate Bain June 1996 - August 1996
Corporate Staff GE September 1993 - June 1995
Manufacturing Manager MMP General Electric June 1991 - August 1993

Education

Kellogg School of Business September 1995 - June 1997
University of Massachusetts, Amherst Industrial Engineering 1987 - 1991

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
  • • UI/Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Education
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Payments
  • • Video

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Marketplaces • Product management • Angel investing • Product strategy • Startups

Key Accomplishments

Serial Entrepreneur - founded or ran several companies
Angel in 60 companies including Linkedin, Paypal, Viddy and more
Always looking to stir up some more trouble with disruptive business ideas

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I'm a catalyst for a technical partner. I help define the business, identify where to focus, jump up and down to insure maximum intensity, relentlessly try to keep us focused, manage fundraising, BD, Sales, Marketing funnels and more

As an Advisor

I tend to prefer projects where I can have an impact directly

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Think Gil is awesome?
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Ellie Williams
President, Tog + Porter and Private Investor, Upsight.
Gil is already an esteemed entrepreneur and successful investor. I feel silly vouching for him, he doesn't need to be vouched for. Just goog ... le him! Setting his tremendous successes aside, what I find most impressive about Gil is his innate business savvy (he just gets it, right away) and his passion and advocacy for entrepreneurship. I think it's this spirit that makes him such a great investor. He doesn't follow crowds, he's a trailblazer, in every sense of the word. emming, he evaluates each team, company on a case by case basis. his candidness (which can be so refreshing in the Valley),
John Merrells
Consultant, Advisor, Mentor
Burt Lampl
President, U-Jam Fitness. Kellogg grad.
Gil is an incredibly unique individual in all matters entrepreneurial and business. Not only has he mastered the people side of business but ... he has a keen sense for picking winners and his intellectual bandwidth is off the charts. When conducting a role play for a Negotiations course in business school, he proposed a deal that no other student or even the case writers had ever contemplated. Not just a great entrepreneur and adviser, Gil is a true “giver,” he gives back and he gives first.