Phil
Soran is a serial entrepreneur in the technology field founding companies that
have generated thousands of jobs.  Phil
was recently inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame.  Phil was also selected as the inaugural
inductee to the Titans of Technology Hall of Fame by the Minneapolis St Paul
Business Journal.   Phil was recognized as the Entrepreneur of the
Year by Ernst and Young in 2008 and El Dorado Ventures in 2007.  He was selected as one of 40 Minnesotans on
the Move in 2009.

 

Phil
cofounded Vidku in 2015 and helped raise $17M seed round for the U of MN
spinout.  He serves as the Vidku
Executive Chairman.

 

Phil
was the founder, President and CEO of Compellent Technologies, which started in
Phil’s basement in 2002.  Dell acquired
Compellent for $960 Million dollars in February of 2011.  Phil retired as the President of
Dell/Compellent in March of 2012.  Compellent went public on the NYSE in 2007,
and was one of the fastest growing storage companies in the world before
acquisition.

 

Previously,
Phil served as chief executive officer and president of XIOtech Corp, a network
storage vendor that he co-founded in his basement in 1995. XIOtech was purchased
by Seagate in January of 2000 for $360M. Phil also held various management,
sales, marketing, and technical positions at IBM for
10 years.

Phil
serves on the board of Piper Jaffray, SPS Commerce, Help Systems, and
Hutchinson Technologies, and also served on the board of directors of Stellent
from 2003 to 2006 prior to its acquisition by Oracle.

Before
he went into IT, Phil started his career as a junior high math teacher in
Colorado.

He
was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. 
He and his wife Margie have 4 children and two grandtwins!

Since
retirement, which Phil calls half time, he has focused much of his time on
philanthropic efforts such as education– trying to add his experience as an
entrepreneur and a former educator to help improve our competitive position.  He is involved with several high performance
inner city schools, Teach for America, and the Minnesota Comeback initiative.  He received the Genesys Works Achiever Award
in 2013 and Social Venture Partner of the Year in 2012.  Phil is also working to increase local
entrepreneurship in the Twin Cities.