Philip James

Philip James

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Philip is Founder and CEO of Penrose Hill, a vertically integrated winery that sells wines through conventional outlets, retail and restaurants, as well as through direct-to-consumer initiative, such as the Firstleaf wine club and Wordywine, an on-demand labeling service built in collaboration with BuzzFeed. Prior to Penrose, Philip sold hundreds of millions of dollars of wine, through Lot18, a company he founded in 2010. Philip was named a Finalist in the 2012 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards and to Business Insider’s 2011 “Silicon Alley 100” list of the most important figures in the New York tech sector. He was also invited to be in the second annual class of NYC Venture Fellows, a program from Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office that recognizes the achievements of the city’s entrepreneurs.