About me

About me

Welcome to my personal blog, an amalgam of my business, musings, and any of my eclectic interests. I’m fascinated with ideas, technology, and how business works.  I’m a pragmatist at heart, I’d rather have a good solution today than a perfect solution never finished. I’m always trying new applications, looking for a better solution, and a better mousetrap.  I have a wide range of interests from nano-technology, to the cloud, the human mind, businesses, and social systems, to woodworking and more.

As to my professional life, I’m a podcaster, podcast guest, speaker, author, coach, advisor, speaker, and consultant. I help executives and founders build their personal capacity to start, build, grow, and operate their high-tech high-growth businesses.

To make technical founder success stories more common by helping technical founders succeed” 

— Philip’s Personal Mission


Philip Topham is The Savvy Founder and Armchair sociologist. Philip has an inquisitive mind and passion for ideas. He’s impatient to see tomorrow’s today. He focuses on helping technical founders unlock their pragmatic dreamer and develop their business skills and social capital with The Savvy Founder framework.   

With more than 25 years across startups and corporate roles, Philip has been everything from janitor to the Founder and Chief Everything Officer. His earliest career was as a network engineer bringing companies into the Internet age. He’s served as the Head of Information Technology (Divisional CIO) as well as startup Chief Technology Officer, building software and solving problems others said couldn’t be solved.

Philip has experienced what happens when a traditional company gets $20M venture capital infusion to become the next big thing. He has also experienced building a business without venture backing. He built a business from zero to profitability, selling more than $5M to big pharma and changed the way the pharmaceutical industry operates. He knows what it means to raise money for your startup, only to have it stop as a key founder steps out of the picture.  He currently is an advisor for a global AI (artificial intelligence) clinical care management system startup. 

Among his many accomplishments, Philip is an armchair sociologist with peer-review publications in social network analysis and machine learning. He holds a BS in Biological Sciences from UC Irvine and an MBA from Pepperdine University. When not working, he can be found playing billiards, woodworking, traveling, or socializing with friends and family.

Words of Wisdom

  • Ideas are worthless; revenues are priceless; surround yourself with smart people.
  • Life is a journey – molehills or mountains? it’s your choice.

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