Invest with Forefront Venture Partners
$1.7M
Syndicate Backing
$210K ($10K)
Typical Investments
12
Deals Last 12 Months
Note from Forefront Venture Partners

Forefront Venture Partners (formerly Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners) is one of the largest and most successful AngelList syndicates. Investors ask us all the time how they can participate in our deals. By backing Forefront Venture Partners, you will have priority access to our proprietary dealflow. You never have any obligation to invest, but as a backer, you will have the opportunity to invest alongside us in every deal. You'll get a guaranteed allocation in every deal so you don't miss out on those deals you choose to invest in. We are particularly interested in bringing value-added co-investors into our deals and our syndicate is a good way to do that.

We are dedicated to helping angel investors build a diversified portfolio of promising, high-growth startups. By providing an unparalleled level of information and transparency about each company we invest in, we enable you to make an informed and educated decision about each investment. We also work closely with our portfolio companies to provide you with regular, ongoing reporting after investing. We take pride in being the most investor-friendly syndicate on AngelList.

Our robust deal flow and negotiating leverage, combined with intense due diligence and selective vetting, provide us with a portfolio of many notable, high-growth start-ups.

In short, we are disciplined investors who ask a lot of questions and do a ton of research.

We invest in companies that meet these criteria:

  1. Generating revenue with consistent growth
  2. Great founding teams
  3. Solving a real pain point
  4. Proprietary or highly differentiated
  5. Enormous potential for growth in large target markets
  6. Reasonable valuation reflecting a realistic assessment of the company's progress to date and prospects for success. We do not chase deals.
  7. We have a strong preference for companies that are demonstrating early evidence of having identified efficient, scalable, paid customer acquisition channels, a low ratio of Customer Acquisition Cost to Lifetime Value and a quick time to recoup Customer Acquisition Cost.
  8. Minimum post-close runway of 12 months
  9. Capital efficient and can scale quickly

For more information, please visit our website.

Dealflow

We syndicate all of our deals. Here's our portfolio.

Phil has been a great backer and partner to my company, Paintzen. He brings years of experience to the table and we are lucky to have him as an investor in our company.
I've done over 50 investments on Angel List through a variety of syndicates and I would put Phil's as one of the best so far. They are sourcing great deals and maintaining discipline in their investment approach. Please keep up the good work!
Team

Phil is a well-respected serial entrepreneur, angel investor, published author and frequent speaker at industry conferences and events. He has started and exited several companies and has invested in more than 75 startups with several exits. Phil co-founded Forefront Venture Partners (formerly Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners) in 2014 and has been its Managing Director ever since. Phil is also one of the investors on Gimlet Media’s “The Pitch” podcast.

Phil Nadel
founder
Syndicate Lead, Forefront Venture Partners/Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners, published author, frequent conference speaker, investor on "The Pitch" podcast
Investments

Our robust deal flow and negotiating leverage, combined with intense due diligence and selective vetting, provide us with a portfolio of many notable, high-growth start-ups. We’d love to take credit for all of the incredible accomplishments our portfolio companies achieve every day, but the reality is that our most impressive accomplishment is identifying and investing in amazing founders and their companies and then working with them to deliver significant returns.

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Acquired by Paradigm Tax Group in 2017
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Backers
Mark Suster
VC
General partner, @Upfront Ventures & 2x entrepreneur. Sold Koral to @Salesforce
Zach Coelius
CEO
First $1B exit with an AngelList Syndicate when GM bought Cruise Automation. Former founder and CEO of Triggit.
Robb Kunz
Angel
Founder/CEO @BoomStartup. Active Angel Invested in 100+ Startups. Mentor & LP in @500 Startups and @Techstars. Founder Ventureblue Capital. Invests in NewSpace
Scott and Cyan Banister
Angel
Seed investors; Founder @IronPort @Topsy; Board Member @PayPal @Postmates
Roy Rodenstein
Angel
Investor Crashlytics (acq. Twitter), Rapportive (acq. LinkedIn). CEO TrueLens, co-founder Going.com (acq. AOL), co-founder Hacker Angels. MIT Media Lab '00.
Sundeep Ahuja
Angel
28 Syndicates incl @Mosaic @Good Eggs; CoFndr @Richrelevance; helped launch @Kiva; Investor @Goodreads @Counsyl; Advisor @Indiegogo @HOOKED; BS CS Stanford
Lucas Nealan
Angel
Early @Facebook team, angel investor and technologist.
Vishal Sankhla
Chief Technology Officer
Co-Founder @Viralheat (acquired by @Cision) • Studied at @University of Southern California
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“Being a Founder, CTO myself I can bring in a lot of experience on the table and help out in areas like technology, fund raising, partnerships, hiring among...more
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Phil was very well prepared for our discussion - he brought a level of insight and enthusiasm to our business that can be rare in initial discussions, i.e., he will not waste your or his time. I would recommend that anyone rasing capital take Phil's call.
Phil has been a great backer and partner to my company, Paintzen. He brings years of experience to the table and we are lucky to have him as an investor in our company.
Angel List has no shortage of interesting companies listed on it -- many have credentialed founders or interesting approaches to solving real world problems. Due to the volume of companies spinning out of incubators and out of universities every week, separating the wheat from the chaff can be...more
Phil's very sharp and helpful. He made his investment decision making process very clear and asked poignant questions during our conversations. Because he invests in companies where he sees he can add value and is familiar with the market/problem, etc - he appears to be a highly engaged...more
My initial thoughts of Phil mirror what several others have mentioned above, so if there's one word that could be used here it's "consistent".

Phil has been a great investor to work with, spearheading our recent AngelList syndicate. He's a responsive communicator and has a...more
Dear Phil,

I'm honored to write this very high recommendation for you on Angel.co.

This recommendation is to anyone new on Angel.co or just now reading this... I must say you will not find a better, more thorough, above board and noble businessman and angel investor than Phil. Over my...more
I've done over 50 investments on Angel List through a variety of syndicates and I would put Phil's as one of the best so far. They are sourcing great deals and maintaining discipline in their investment approach. Please keep up the good work!
Phil and BCVP are doing a great job fostering startups and economic growth.
Phil invested in EVELO on behalf of the Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners fund and led the Syndicate on AngelList as well.

After a year of working with him after that, I believe that he is the sort of an investor that a startup is lucky to have. He genuinely looks out for the company’s best...more
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