Phil recently joined the Urban Investment Group where he will be focusing on expanding its leasing platform in Downtown LA and surrounding markets. Phil brings over 4 years of experience both with investment sales and office leasing; he specialized in strategic consulting and transaction services for tech, consumer and VC clients. As Managing Partner of early stage angel fund LayJax Ventures, Phil brings a unique perspective to brokerage—merging first-hand knowledge of what’s most important to founders and executive teams [at all growth-stages] with a passion for the commercial real estate business.
Phil has a noteworthy entrepreneurial and entertainment-focused background that he applies to his real estate, investments and client relationships. He began his entrepreneurial career as Co-Founder of the hit social networking app ‘Pheed’. Leading the nascent app’s growth, Phil opened ‘The Pheed House’ on Mulholland Drive, a content creation hub for artists and tastemakers. Pheed became the #1 downloaded app in both the Google Play and Apple App Stores (ahead of Facebook and Twitter) and was eventually acquired by Carlos Slim’s American Movil (after just 18 months of operation). Following Pheed’s acquisition, Phil was appointed Head of U.S. Operations at Mobli Media Inc., where he elaborated on the Pheed House model and opened ‘The Beach House’ (#moblibeachhouse) on the Venice Boardwalk—a content creation hub for creative digital media, music production, and live events. He also cofounded the viral app ‘Yo!’, which was one of the most talked about apps in Silicon Valley when it launched.
- Board of Directors: ZitSticka, Dream Pops, LION Tea
- Phil graduated from Duke University (T’08) with B.A. in Psychology & Sociology