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.
Co-Founder Paintzen(acquired by PPG Industries) Co-Founder MyClean, Co-Founder COO NewCo Startup, Studied at @Binghamton University
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 difficult.
I've joined almost 20 syndicates since I started Angel List, and I have to say that the easiest decision I had to make was asking for Priority Access to the Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners' syndicate. The companies are always more than concept companies. There's always legitimate growth happening at the companies, and Phil seems to have a nose for unique, under-the-radar companies with sales traction.
In short, I trust Phil's judgement. I think he's doing a tremendous job of unearthing some gems, and I could not be happier to be a part of his syndicate. People like Phil are elevating Angel List from a crowdfunding platform to a legitimate force in the VC space. And, I couldn't be happier to have a front row seat.
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 investor. I'm looking forward to next steps.
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 vast network of investors which he readily brings to the table. Phil rolls up his sleeves and gets things done.
This syndicate deal was my first dealing with AngelList and Phil went above and beyond to ensure an efficient process and outcome. I highly recommend him as an investor/asset to any start-up.
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 business career as an entrepreneur (having started 6 other companies) the past 25 years I've met many, many thousands of business people -- and pitched to about 600 potential investors on my current start-up and raised $2.5M the past 4 years. I can unequivocally say Phil would be in the top 1% of all those I’ve met in the very high integrity, utmost in professionalism and business expert categories.
I’ve learned that unfortunately there are some unethical and dishonest potential investors out there that often will attempt to waste massive amounts of your very valuable mental capital and time. But, not Phil! The old adage “Actions speak louder than words” is certainly an oft used cliché… but it’s a cliché for a good reason… and Phil epitomizes this phrase.
In a nutshell, if you are looking to Phil and Barbara for a potential investment or for other business consulting purposes, you will receive honesty (often brutal, but welcome), sincerity and true world class business expertise.
We can all learn from Phil and specifically HOW he does business… take a moment and listen to 2 of his great videos: http://thepitchdeck.com/podcast/phil-nadel/ and http://bit.ly/NadelOnDreamItAlive
Sincerely, Gary Murphy CEO / start-up, LittleSoya.com gary@LittleProductsCo.com
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!
Silicon Valley Forbes Top SuperAngel #7. 153+ startups.Founder/Advisor/Mentor/Exec. 1 Decacorn+7+Unicorns. 8x+ ROI. x-VP@WDC. UIUC,USC. $170M Exits/IPO
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 interests, is generous with his feedback and input, tells it how it is and keeps the founder honest as well. Moreover, he’s also willing to go above and beyond of what’s required or expected when a founder or a portfolio company needs help. I think that he has set a high benchmark by which to measure future investors’ value add.
All in all, we’re grateful and honored to have him as one of the EVELO investors.