Phil joined Clearstone in 2003 to provide operating perspective on investment evaluations, decisions and guidance of portfolio companies. Phil has been engaged in building businesses in technology, consumer electronics and advertising sectors since 1979, including 16 years in executive and management positions in software and Internet companies. His technology career is comprised of executive marketing positions in raw start-up, growth-stage and public companies ranging from pre-product, pre-revenue to billion-dollar environments. Phil has been part of executive teams that raised over $100 million in capital for growth companies and he has created market demand for well over $600 million in incremental new product sales in the software sector, in addition to sustaining base revenues.
Whether in turn-around or start-up efforts, throughout his career Phil has propelled early-stage and established companies into mainstream acceptance and revenue growth for groundbreaking product innovations, including object-oriented development tools, enterprise client/server tools and databases, collaborative groupware, software change management, Internet and enterprise business performance applications. His technology career includes executive positions at Nantucket Corporation, Lotus, Gupta, Continuus Software, inquiry.com and Callidus Software.
Phil helps entrepreneurs in the consideration stage position their companies for market leadership and sustained growth, and to structure their plans for venture acceptance. Many Clearstone portfolio companies are leveraging Phil's team-building, market-making, company-building and operating experience in an advisory or functional capacity. Phil received an MA in political development and comparative politics from University of Connecticut and a BA in political science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.