Ridge Ventures, a San Francisco, CA-based venture capital firm investing in early-stage enterprise startups, is adding Partner Brendan Baker to its team.
Baker joined the firm after spending the past few years working with early-stage venture funds like Ridge, Wing and Hone Capital, as well as companies and accelerators like Passport, Shift, Batch, AngelPad, Techstars and more.
Prior to this, he was a Director at Greylock, founding a program to build new data and software systems to find and evaluate new investments. Earlier in his career, Baker was the second employee at AngelList, overseeing 8000 pitches and helping more than 300 startups raise tens of millions of dollars in total funding.
Before acquiring his MBA from the University of Oxford, he also launched and managed the distribution of low-cost water and energy products in Ethiopia and Senegal, in tandem with Practica Foundation and EnterpriseWorks.
At Ridge Ventures, Baker will work alongside a seasoned team of investors. Founded in 2007 and led by Alex Rosen (early investor in Braze, Fastly, Krux, Minted, Vidible, ThirdLove, Trifacta), Pat Kenealy, former IDG CEO; Gil Penchina, angel investor in Paypal, LinkedIn, Dollar Shave Club, Discord; and Ben Metcalfe, co-founder of WP Engine, and former Product Lead at Uber, Ridge Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm investing in founders who are redefining how the world interacts with data and code. Ridge backs companies delivering advanced technologies, new distribution models and incredible user experiences.
The firm raised more than $150m last year with newest investments including InCountry (data-residency-as-a-service), Grabango (checkout-free shopping), MaintainX (workflow automation) and Jyve (skills economy platform).
Baker’s expertise will help build out new support frameworks for the firm’s portfolio companies, and amplify existing complementary programs, including a CXO advisory council consisting of more than 75 Fortune 500 executives.