Philip Engelhardt is the Managing Partner of PhilQuo Ventures, an angel fund that targets early stage ventures in web based services, film production and digital media. He is a founding investor of EasyPixx Services and senior advisor to Anchange Productions – two portfolio companies. In addition, Engelhardt is Executive Producer on the feature film ‘Palo Alto’ – which recently completed principal photography in the heart of Silicon Valley, and post production in Los Angeles. The film was an Official Selection of the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, and opened to sellout crowds. ‘Palo Alto’ will be in distribution in 2008.
Engelhardt is a longstanding member of the Board of Directors of RKO Pictures, the oldest continuously operating motion picture production company. He recently completed several terms as a member of the Board of Directors of Société Générale de Financement du Québec, a diversified multi billion dollar investment fund with interests in film production and animation, and of Miranda Technologies, a leading provider of technology based solutions to the global broadcast industry. He previously served on the board of Cinequest – the San Jose Film Festival, on the advisory boards of SGF Tech, Kasenna, Acacia Research, Florida National Bank and Sensei Partners, and as Chairman of the Content Advisory Board of the Internet Streaming Media Alliance. He currently serves as strategic advisor to the President of the Park City Center, and is a founding member of the High Technology Council of the Western Governors Association. He has been an active participant in the annual and regional meetings of the World Economic Forum since 1979.
Engelhardt was Senior Advisor to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI), Vice President of Strategic Relations, and a member of the company’s senior executive team. Before joining SGI, he was technology advisor to Producer Rick McCallum at Lucasfilm Ltd., who conceived and implemented the innovative digital production strategy for Star Wars. Throughout his career, Engelhardt has served as strategic advisor to the leadership of many global companies, including Air France, AT&T, Digital Equipment, Gulf+Western, Hewlett-Packard, Viacom.
While working in the Wall Street community, Engelhardt held senior positions in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and mortgage brokerage. He was among the first bankers to introduce mainframe and minicomputer generated modeling for complex transactions over five years before the introduction of the personal computer. In addition to several board memberships within the financial and philanthropic communities, he served as president of investment affiliates of Banque Paribas – this following ten years at Lehman Brothers and its subsidiaries. During this period, he arranged funding for many of the country’s most renowned real estate developers, as well as financing the growth of several of the world’s great hospitality brands. Mr. Engelhardt acted as an advisor on special tax matters to the administration of President Gerald Ford. He has long been active in state and local government initiatives, as well as numerous community projects.