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James Phelan

Entrepreneur • Advisor Houston, Texas Area, US

Founder + CEO, Plāsyn; Managing Director, HP+HYP; ​Partnership Director, Startup Grind Houston​. USC, UST & Stanford educated.

Founder + CEO, Plāsyn; Managing Director, HP+HYP; ​Partnership Director, Startup Grind Houston​. USC, UST & Stanford educated.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Growth
  • Marketing
  • Operations
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
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Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing
  • • Operations

Involved In

Founder

White Space

Advisor

Up Art Studio
Startup Grind Houston
UP Art Studio
UBS

Positions

Board Member UP Art Studio January 2015 - present
Founder White Space
Managing Director Houston Professionals + Houston Young Professionals January 2015 - present
Partnership Director Startup Grind Houston October 2014 - present
Founding Member, Board of Directors ChildBuilders' NightShift March 2008 - July 2012
Development Director of the Transit-Oriented Development (T.O.D.) Houston Project Intermodal INC. January 2009 - January 2012
Advisory Board Co-Chair HYPSIS March 2009 - December 2011
Financial Advisor UBS 2007 - 2009
Troubleshooter US Navy 1998 - 2004

Education

University of Southern California Architecture, Urban & Regional Planning 1992 - 1998
University of St. Thomas (TX) 2004 - 2006
Stanford University Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 2008 - 2010
Mirabeau B. Lamar H.S. 1990 - 1992
St. John's School 1980 - 1990

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Ad Sales
  • • Business Development
  • • Data Science
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Fundraising
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing
  • • Operations
  • • Product
  • • Engineering
Advisor With
  • • Deal Structure
  • • Marketing Analytics
  • • Marketing coordination
  • • Startups
  • • Bank Finance Restructuring
  • • Startup
Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Food and Restaurants
  • • Games
  • • Green
  • • Hardware
  • • Local
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Payments
  • • Photos
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Real Estate
  • • Recruiting
  • • Robotics
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Smart Home
  • • Social Impact
  • • Transportation
  • • Travel
  • • Video
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Content
  • • Movies/Film
  • • News
  • • TV

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

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How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

A co-founder to me is a partner, a respected someone who can collaborate on a project possessing trust and the ability to meet goals.

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Cameron Waldner
They're my school  •  Chief Executive Officer, Volunteer Houston.org and Adjunct Professor, Lone Star College.
James is truly tied the the community and any project he takes on is always mindful of its impact that it will have via is clients and their ... needs.
David V. Flores
We worked together  •  Managing Director, Flores Capital and Managing Director, Apartments Now. University of Houston grad. Texas A&M grad.
James is a consummate professional. He knows how to get things done with the right people. His intellect is matched by his drive to succe ... ed. He knows how to take risks and use his skills to maximize returns for all stakeholders.
Jason Kaminsky
They're my friends  •  Founder, WorthIt.co. Previously WealthDirector, PartnersInWealth, Inc.. The University of Texas at Austin grad.
James is not only a successful entrepreneur, but is also a great advisor and thought leader on how to help other startups in our community. ... Through is own company, he is helping solve real problems in our startup ecosystem and is becoming a go to person when questions need to be answered.
Michele Price @Prosperitygal
We worked together  •  Houston Chapter Director, Startup Grind and Disaster Preparedness Media Liaison, Medical World Americas Media Partner.
James understands the importance of relationships and how they build a strong, loyal and profitable community. He sees connections before ot ... hers do and extends thoughtful introductions to facilitate business flow. Everyone needs a "James" in their business and personal tribe.
tim deSilva
We worked together  •  Founder, Culture Pilot. Previously Interactive Designer, Lead Developer, Web Host Administrator, All-around Good Guy, The Marion Group.
James has always been a helpful resource to us within the co-working realm and is always willing to lend an ear or a hand when possible.
Marc Nathan
They're my friends  •  Managing Director - Texas, SeedInvest and Founder, T-Squared Agency.
James is a risk-taker who sees the big picture, but isn't afraid to get his hands dirty with the tedious or smaller bits of work to be done.
Ogo Ifelayo
We worked together  •  Founder, GrubSquad. Previously Founder, Onje Catering Connections, LLC.
He connects well with people
Michele Price @Prosperitygal
We worked together  •  Houston Chapter Director, Startup Grind and Disaster Preparedness Media Liaison, Medical World Americas Media Partner.
James has the natural skill and grace to communicate and gain buy-in from many different kinds of people, whether it is in the business or p ... hilanthropic space. His diverse network gives him the advantage to pull the right people together for projects to be produced and executed as planned. One of James' many talents is seeing where people best fit, creating teams that run like well-oiled machines.