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Phil Nadel

Investor on The Pitch

Phil Nadel is the Founder and Managing Director of Forefront Venture Partners, one of the largest syndicates on AngelList. He has started and sold several companies and has invested in more than 200 startups with several exits. Phil was the co-founder and Managing Director of Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners and is the founder and Managing Director of Forefront Venture Partners.

Sept. 30, 2020

#97 Secret Sauce or Snake Oil?

Today's founder had everything going for him: a huge market, loads of experience, and $70k in monthly revenue. But then, everythi…

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Sept. 16, 2020

#96 A Test of Time

It was three years ago, when Claire Coder went in front of our investors to pitch Aunt Flow. At the time, her startup was a very …

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Aug. 26, 2020

The Patent Trap

Is getting a software patent actually a good idea? For many startups a patent is a shield meant to prevent the competition from s…

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June 10, 2020

#91 “If We Don’t Get the Money by Friday …”

In 2018, founder Cody Candee raised $150,000 on our show. He went on to raise over a million dollars in funding that led to extra…

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May 13, 2020

#90 How Startups Can Succeed in a Pandemic 2

COVID-19 has pushed many founders to attempt risky pivots with their business. Other founders are hoarding cash. And many of them…

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April 22, 2020

How I Saved My Startup

Investors are giving founders everywhere an ultimatum: just find a way to survive the next few months. This had us concerned abou…

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April 1, 2020

#87 Uber for Pets

Last year, investors woke up to the fact that the biggest ridesharing companies still struggle to make money. But today’s founder…

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March 11, 2020

#85 Will Coronavirus Kill This Deal?

There’s a tried and true playbook in tech: get a ton of users, then figure out how to monetize them. Today’s founder, Ofo Ezeugwu…

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Feb. 12, 2020

#82 A Deal Too Perfect to Pass Up

This is how much of a go-getter Bobbie Racette is: when she got laid off, she started a business to help thousands of other peopl…

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Jan. 29, 2020

#81 Jillian to the Rescue

During our last call-in show, Thor Wood wowed us with his 30-second elevator pitch for SnapShyft, a company that matches workers …

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Jan. 22, 2020

#80 Can This App Silence The Trolls?

Ben Trenda thinks he can stop the trolls on Twitter and other social spaces. He’s building Goodtalk, where famous people can have…

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Oct. 9, 2019

#75 “I Want Bro Money Too”

The 2.4 trillion dollar fashion industry is due for a makeover, according to Andrea Madho. She says her company, Lab141, will be …

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Sept. 25, 2019

#73 Enough Sales Calls Already!

For businesses, the process of buying software is brutal. Founder Andrew Hoagland launched his company to make it a breeze. In fa…

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Sept. 11, 2019

#71 Raising Kids Is Hard. So Is Raising a Startup.

When founder Jen Saxton landed a partnership with a big name retailer in the baby industry, she thought her startup, Tot Squad, w…

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Sept. 4, 2019

#70 What Is Michael Phelps Jamming to Right Now?

What if you could listen to the exact same music as your favorite celebrities, at exactly the same time? That’s the question that…

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Aug. 21, 2019

When You Grow Too Fast

A little over a year ago, Xiao Wang came on the show to pitch his startup, Boundless. He told investors that his company was goin…

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Aug. 14, 2019

#69 When Less Is Not More

Founder Rahul Jindal might be the king of bootstrapping. And when investors see similarities between his startup, Hyde Closet, an…

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Aug. 7, 2019

#68 Dogs & Dating: A Match Made in Heaven?

Back in May we asked entrepreneurs to call in and give us their best pitches. The winner was Leigh Isaacson and her startup Dig —…

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July 17, 2019

I’ve Looked Death in the Eye

When he came on the show two years ago, Amado Guloy said his startup would change the business of animal agriculture. And the inv…

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June 26, 2019

Fighting the 24/7 Startup Grind

Back in 2018, Margot Schmorak pitched our investors on Hostfully. It’s a startup that ushers old-style vacation-rental companies …

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June 5, 2019

#66 Does Anyone Really Want Your Product?

Dennis Meng’s first company was a major flop. So he started another one that could’ve saved the first. It’s called User Interview…

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May 15, 2019

#65 Wait, Your App Does What Exactly?

Spencer Shulem wants people to learn from their mistakes. Also, he wants to help them organize their time. Oh, and he wants to ga…

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May 8, 2019

#64 Startup Sale! 80% Off

Ramya Possett and Rachel Lee founded BlueFoot to make tracking the competition easy for massive companies. And they think that wh…

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April 17, 2019

FightCamp: A Name Change, A Game Change

When Khalil Zahar and Tommy Duquette first pitched their boxing workout startup, Hykso, the investors saw a big opportunity. They…

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April 10, 2019

#63 Can A Startup Solve Homelessness?

Jonathan Kumar pitches his startup, Samaritan, which aims to help people who’ve lost their homes. But can he convince the investo…

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April 3, 2019

#62 Pivot or Die

Ben Walters came on the show to sell the investors on Feedback, an app that lets restaurants change their prices on the fly. But …

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March 20, 2019

From Startup Novice to Veteran

After a stellar pitch on our show back in 2017 — one that got $100K in the first five minutes — founder Mike Slagh hit the ground…

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March 13, 2019

#61 Can a Zebra Survive in a Unicorn World?

Jennifer Brandel of Hearken is pitching a new kind of business. She calls it a zebra: a company that’s driven by a mission — but …

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March 6, 2019

#60 Is This the Amazon Prime of Airline Tickets?

Rama Poola is here pitching his airline ticket business, SkyHi, where customers pay a monthly fee to access tickets on the cheap.…

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Feb. 27, 2019

#59 Disrupting Work Happy Hour

Ryan Husk wants to take your workplace culture up a notch. His startup, Culture Force, matches companies to “experiences” designe…

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Feb. 20, 2019

#58 Park Your Pooch Here

Chelsea Brownridge wants to help dog owners keep their pooches safe when they’re out running errands together. Her startup, DogSp…

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Feb. 13, 2019

#57 Where Losers Go To Win

After losing his shirt on sports betting sites DraftKings and FanDuel, Adam Weinstein decided to flip the script on daily fantasy…

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Feb. 6, 2019

‘It Was a Disaster’

After a failed pitch on our show back in 2017, Industrial Organic founder Amanda Weeks was ready for redemption. And she found it…

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Jan. 30, 2019

#56 Shark Tank vs. The Pitch

Zahra Kassam has been on the road in a major way, pitching her startup, Monti Kids. A few months before our show, she pitched on …

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Jan. 23, 2019

#55 A New Spin on VR

Tom Impallomeni is here to pitch Tribe XR, a VR app that teaches people to DJ. He’s got a vision for using virtual reality to tea…

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Jan. 16, 2019

#54 Is Selling in Walmart a Good Thing?

Debbie Wei Mullin is pitching her pour-over Vietnamese coffee startup, Copper Cow Coffee . The company is already doing well on W…

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Jan. 9, 2019

Is the ICO Gold Rush Over?

After a frustrating round of fundraising for her company PopCom , Dawn Dickson decided that VC was broken. She opted to take a di…

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Dec. 12, 2018

#53 Investors Get Feisty at Our Philly Pitch-off

This week, The Pitch is live from The Wharton School at the University of Philadelphia. Three of Philly’s most promising young st…

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Dec. 5, 2018

After the Pitch: Sudden Coffee

Back in 2016, Sudden Coffee founders Joshua Zloof and Kalle Freese tried to sell the investors on their premium instant coffee. T…

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Oct. 31, 2018

#52 Fitbit … for Dogs

Susan Sierota wants to help dog owners keep their furry friends healthy with her pet-tech startup, Waggit . Can she convince the …

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Oct. 24, 2018

#51 This Bot Can Fight Your ATM Fees

Founder Paul Kesserwani says we’re all losing way too much money to fees — credit card fees, bank fees, ATM fees. And he thinks h…

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Oct. 17, 2018

#50 Ticket Scalpers, Beware! Blockchain Is Coming for You.

Why should you care about blockchain if you’re not a huge cryptocurrency nerd? Bandwagon founder Harold Hughes says it can help y…

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Oct. 10, 2018

#49 Nuts Can Kill. Are Seeds the Answer?

Blake Sorensen has a deathly nut allergy — one that's led to some harrowing trips to the ER. But then he decided that enough was …

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Oct. 3, 2018

#48 Will This Space Startup Make It off the Ground?

Atomos co-founders Vanessa Clark and William Kowalski want to build a nuclear-powered spacecraft for moving satellites around in …

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Sept. 26, 2018

#47 Can This Tiny Gadget Keep Kids in College?

The college dropout rate is high, and schools are paying the price... to the tune of billions of dollars every year. Marquett Bur…

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Sept. 19, 2018

#46 Never Get Lost Again

Somewear founder James Kubik thinks going off the grid shouldn’t have to mean going out of cell phone range. That’s why he create…

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Sept. 12, 2018

#45 Whatever Happened to Virtual Reality?

Sophia Dominguez is on the show pitching SVRF , an augmented reality/virtual reality startup. But it can be tough to get investor…

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Sept. 5, 2018

#44 Is This Sports App the Next OpenTable?

Finnish entrepreneur Topias Soininen says his startup, Playven, will revolutionize the way people book tennis courts. But first, …

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Aug. 29, 2018

#43 Get This Party Startup in Here

Entrepreneur Julie Roth Novack says her party planning platform is exactly what event professionals have been missing. And it all…

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Aug. 22, 2018

#42 How Much Do You Trust Your Barista?

Cody Candee believes his company, Bounce, is the key to freeing us from the stuff we lug around all day. But can he convince inve…

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Aug. 15, 2018

#41 Can This Startup Help Retailers Take on Amazon?

Amazon is on track to grab nearly HALF of all online retail sales this year. But not if Chelsie Lee’s startup Shipsi has a say in…

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May 23, 2018

#36 When Two Startups Love Each Other Very Much ...

Margot Schmorak says half of all vacation rentals aren’t listed online—and she sees that as a big opportunity for her startup. Bu…

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May 16, 2018

#35 The Proof Is in the Pudding

Max Pouvreau has built gourmet pudding company Petit Pot with his Michelin star background and scrappy customer acquisition. Now …

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May 2, 2018

#33 What Is a Startup Actually Worth?

Jared Kugel needs a million dollars to get Tire Agent up and running. But things get tense in the pitch room when investors start…

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April 25, 2018

#32 Is Immigration the Next Venture-Scale Business?

The U.S. immigration system is a bureaucratic nightmare. And it’s only getting worse. Founder Xiao Wang has a plan to solve that …

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April 18, 2018

#31 Are Vending Machines the Future of Retail?

When you think of cutting edge technology, it’s unlikely vending machines pop to mind. But Dawn Dickson has a plan to change that…

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April 11, 2018

#30 Can This Founder Reclaim Cocktail Hour?

Craft cocktails are all the rage—but they tend come with high price tags and long wait times. Swig + Swallow founder April Wachte…

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April 4, 2018

#29 Could This Be the Next Airbnb?

When Tye and Courtney Caldwell were having trouble renting space in their salon, they thought: why isn't there an app for this? S…

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March 28, 2018

#28 Is This Entrepreneur Ready to Take On Facebook?

Facebook is the undisputed king of social networks. But Cesar Kuriyama thinks his app, 1 Second Everyday, could topple the giant.…

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Feb. 14, 2018

#26 Dynofit

Maria Schneider wants to take physical therapy out of the clinic and into the home with the help of a small device. But is her te…

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Feb. 8, 2018

#25 Rex

When scientist Amado Guloy saw an opportunity to combine farm animals and big data, he traded the laboratory for the boardroom an…

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Jan. 31, 2018

#24 unGlue

The apps on our smartphones seem to be engineered for addiction. Alon Shwartz wants to fight this with an app of his own: unGlue.…

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Jan. 24, 2018

#23 Jiobit

After John Renaldi lost track of his kid on a trip to downtown Chicago, he vowed never to be in that situation again. So he creat…

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Jan. 17, 2018

#22 Investor FOMO: Lunar Wireless

Hunter Rosenblume is pitching Lunar Wireless, a company he co-founded as an answer to pricey cell phone plans. But getting invest…

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Jan. 10, 2018

#21 Metabrew

Romy Raad and her cofounder have created Metabrew, a healthy beverage they believe could replace your morning coffee. But can the…

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Dec. 20, 2017

#20 Harper Wilde

The founders of Harper Wilde want to take the B.S. out of bra shopping. That means convincing our investors that they’ve found a …

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Dec. 13, 2017

#19 Ghosted: Sandbox

When Sterling Smith left his job as a software developer to start Sandbox Commerce, he knew he had the skills to build great mobi…

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Dec. 6, 2017

#18 ROWViGOR

Co-founders Kevin Allen and Moses McCall think rowing is the next big trend in fitness. To cash in on their hunch, they need to c…

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Nov. 15, 2017

#16 Qleek

After Ismail Salhi discovered his father’s old record collection gathering dust in the attic, he teamed up with Johanna Hartzheim…

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Nov. 8, 2017

#15 A Veteran Starts a Startup: Shift

When Mike Slagh left the military, he wanted to find a job in tech, but he couldn’t get his foot in the door. And then he found o…

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Nov. 1, 2017

#14 The Ghost of Startups Past: Tushy

Miki Agrawal made headlines with the success of her first company Thinx—until she became the headline. Now she's ready for a come…

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Oct. 25, 2017

#13 Meet the Investors

The entrepreneurs usually own the spotlight on our show. But venture capital is a two-way street. On today’s episode, we hear fro…

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Aug. 30, 2017

#12 "I Don't Need Your Money" Teamable

Entrepreneur Laura Bilazarian has an innovative solution for helping companies find great talent. But to convince investors, she’…

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Aug. 23, 2017

#11 Tesloop

Haydn Sonnad pitches his plan to revolutionize regional transit on the back of Tesla’s electric charging network. But there’s a c…

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Aug. 16, 2017

#10 Sudden Coffee

Two entrepreneurs believe they have the secret to making premium instant coffee. Will their startup hold up to a taste test with …

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Aug. 9, 2017

#9 Tuckrbox

Co-founders Meghan Carreau and Alex Payne are pitching their food delivery service built on noble ideals of making kids healthier…

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Aug. 2, 2017

#8 Hykso

Could a little sensor designed to measure punches be the next big hit in a long line of fitness fads? The founders of Hykso think…

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July 26, 2017

#7 Shimmur

The social media landscape is a veritable graveyard of failed startups, but Matthew Peltier believes his company, Shimmur, is dif…

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July 19, 2017

#6 Guru Games

Between classes, part-time jobs, and social lives, college students Evan Thomas and Troy Pettie have been moonlighting to build a…

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July 12, 2017

#5 FITGuard

Concussions have cast a major shadow over contact sports, from youth leagues to the pros. But entrepreneur Anthony Gonzales think…

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July 5, 2017

#4 Skylights

David Dicko is bringing virtual reality to the skies. It’s an ambitious plan, and he’s going to need $1.8 million to take off in …

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June 28, 2017

#3 Industrial Organic

Most of us stop thinking about our food scraps once we take the trash to the curb. Not so for Amanda Weeks, who started a food wa…

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June 21, 2017

#2 iMirror

The hotel room hasn’t seen disruption since the addition of the television in the 1950s. Pieter Boekhoff wants to change that—by …

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June 14, 2017

#1 Babyscripts

Juan-Pablo Segura has built an app that he’s sure will revolutionize the way expectant mothers receive medical care. But first he…

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