William Rosenzweig, Managing Partner
William Rosenzweig is Managing Partner at Physic Ventures. He leads the firm's venture origination activities and supports portfolio companies in the areas of entrepreneurial leadership, business design, brand strategy and consumer marketing. Will currently works closely with Gazelle, Pharmaca, Own, Recyclebank, Revolution Foods, and Yummly.
Will has spent more than twenty years integrating the practices and perspectives of an entrepreneur, venture investor and educator.
As an entrepreneur, Will has been involved as a founder and executive of more than a dozen early-stage ventures. Will was founding CEO (and Minister of Progress) of The Republic of Tea, an award-winning specialty tea company that is credited with creating the premium tea category in the United States.
In 2010, Will was honored with the Oslo Business for Peace Award, presented jointly by the Business for Peace Foundation and International Chamber of Commerce in Oslo, Norway. The award represents "the highest distinction given to a businessperson for outstanding accomplishments in the area of ethical business." Will was the only American selected among seven global honorees by a committee comprised of Nobel Laureates including Professor Muhammad Yunus and Professor Michael Spence.
From 1999-2008, Will served on the faculty of the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley, where he taught the MBA courses in Social Entrepreneurship and Social Venture Development. He serves as Chairman of the advisory board to the Global Social Venture Competition and has been a visiting faculty member at London Business School. He has been a Price Kauffman fellow and has served as a mentor in the Kauffman Fellows program.
From 2000-2004, Will was also a team member for the Rockefeller Foundation's ProVenEx Fund, the first Foundation sponsored “impact” investment vehicle seeking "double bottom line returns" in for-profit businesses. He was the co-project director and co-author of the Foundation’s initial research on Impact Assessment.
Will co-authored the bestselling book The Republic of Tea: How an Idea Becomes a Business (Doubleday 1992, 1994), which was recently named one of the 100 best business books of all time. He also serves on advisory boards for a Gates Foundation funded project, FairTrade USA, Culinary Institute of America, and SustainAbility, a London-based think tank.
Will is also an avid gardener and writes about how gardening inspires creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship at www.ideagarden.com.
- Network Innovation for Sustainability, 2012
- Food: Business, Movement, or Both, 2011
- Remarks Upon Accepting Business for Peace Award, 2010
- San Francisco Chronicle Interview Upon Accepting Business for Peace Award, 2010
- Vision for Venturing Ecosystem to Generate Global Health Innovation, Physic Ventures, 2008
- 7 Reasons Why Great LPs Invested in Our First‐time Venture Fund, 2008