Phil Libin

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Phil Libin, Evernote CEO, at LeWeb

Phil Libin (born February 1, 1972[1])(Russian: Филлип Либин; was born in Leningrad, USSR in 1972, and moved to America when he was eight years old.[2] He served as CEO of the Silicon Valley-based software company Evernote from 2007 to 2015, then became Executive Chairman of Evernote's board.[3][4] In September 2015, Libin joined General Catalyst Partners as its fourth general partner in Silicon Valley.[5] In September 2016, Libin stepped down as Executive Chairman of Evernote's board of directors to focus on his role at General Catalyst Partners.[6] Currently Libin runs the Startup "mmhmm" and the startup studio All Turtles.[7]

Prior to joining Evernote, Libin founded and served as president of CoreStreet, a company that provided credential and identity management technologies to governments and large corporations. In 2009, CoreStreet was acquired by ActivIdentity,[8] now owned by HID Global.[9] Libin was also founder and CEO of Engine 5, a Boston-based Internet software development company acquired by Vignette Corporation (VIGN) in 2000 for $26 million.[10] Post-acquisition, Libin served as principal architect and chief technologist for applications at Vignette.

Libin graduated from The Bronx High School of Science in 1989 and attended Boston University with a concentration in Computer Science,[11] but left just before he was due to graduate to focus on his plans to launch a software company.[12]

Libin has a chapter giving advice in Tim Ferriss' book Tools of Titans.


  1. ^ Software Designers~The People Behind the Code
  2. ^ tory-with-ceo-phil-libin/ Evernote’s Amazing Success Story with CEO Phil Libin
  3. ^ Evernote Executive Team Page Archived 2013-05-24 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Exclusive: Phil Libin and Max Levchin Leave Evernote Board". Fortune. 2016-09-14. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  5. ^ Loizos, Connie. "Phil Libin On Joining General Catalyst As Its Newest General Partner".
  6. ^ "Exclusive: Phil Libin and Max Levchin Leave Evernote Board". Fortune. 2016-09-14. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  7. ^ "Evernote founder Phil Libin left Silicon Valley for Arkansas and thinks remote working may be the biggest societal change of his lifetime". Business Insider.
  8. ^ ActivIdentity Buys CoreStreet
  9. ^ HID Buys Actividentity
  10. ^ Evernote's Phil Libin: The modest $1bn boss 3 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014
  11. ^ BU Computer Science Hall of Fame
  12. ^ Smale, Will (2014-03-03). "Evernote's self-deprecating boss". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-08-15.

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