Nexphase Capital Named to Inc.’s List of Founder-friendly Investors for Third Year in a Row

December 04, 2023


NexPhase Capital, LP (‘NexPhase’), an operationally-focused and thematically-driven private equity firm investing in the consumer, healthcare and software industries, today announced that for the third consecutive year it was named to Inc.’s fifth annual Founder-Friendly Investors list, honoring the private equity and venture capital firms with a strong track record of successfully backing entrepreneurs.

The list recognizes firms with a strong track record of backing entrepreneurs by providing the financial support needed to help businesses accelerate growth while remaining actively involved following the firm’s investment. All 218 firms have a successful track record of remaining actively involved in the businesses after their investment. To view the complete list, click here.

“At NexPhase, we seek to partner with companies possessing a strong core product or leading service and high growth potential”, commented Ted Yun, Managing Partner of NexPhase. “In partnering with entrepreneurs and founders, our mission is to help unlock each company’s potential through a combination of domain and operating expertise. We are honored, for the third, consecutive year, to see these efforts reflected in this award.”

Since inception, NPC has completed 100+ investments and raised and managed $2.6B of capital.

“With extensive strategic, operational, and industry expertise, NexPhase was an invaluable partner as we expanded our platform and grew our customer base. Not only did NexPhase realize the potential of our strategy, they also helped us complete several critical acquisitions necessary to drive rapid growth.”

– Ned Stringham, CEO, Inside Real Estate

“NexPhase brought operators that have worked in the alcoholic beverage industry at the highest levels including Anheuser Busch, Bacardi and Moet-Hennessy. Understanding how those larger players operate, how they scale manufacturing, how they work from a sales and marketing standpoint… that’s been really important for us as we seek to keep growing the winery.”

– Julie Adams, CEO, Oliver Winery


Bob Waldron
Mr. Waldron was formerly the CEO of Cameron’s Coffee. Previously, Mr. Waldron was President of Schwan’s Consumer (Frozen) Brands, Chief Marketing Officer for Sun Products Laundry Care and spent nearly 20 years at General Mills, including as President of the Yoplait yogurt operating unit.

Barbara Hill
Ms. Hill was most recently the CEO of ValueOptions, a behavioral health company serving over 30 million members. Ms. Hill previously was President of Express Scripts and a senior executive at CIGNA HealthCare, Rush Prudential Health Plans, Aetna Health Plans and The Prudential Insurance Company.


Control or co-lead

North America

$4MM to $30MM

Equity Investment
$40MM – $150MM

Financial Profile
Asset-light, high growth

Preference for entrepreneur-owned businesses



Joel Killion

Ted Yun
Managing Partner

Jeff Fung
Senior Associate

According to Inc. [], Inc.’s Founder-Friendly Investor list comprises firms identified by Inc.’s editors or submitted to Inc. through an application process. To confirm those firms’ commitment to investing in entrepreneur-led companies, Inc. gathers data on how the firms’ portfolio companies have grown and extensively interviews entrepreneurs, including those who’ve exited, on their experiences with the firms. On that basis, Inc. produces a proprietary score that determines the private equity, growth equity, and venture capital firms whose missions most significantly support startups and the men and women who found them. A complete list of firms who have been included on Inc.’s list is available by clicking on the “Inc. Founder-Family Investors” logo displayed above. Note that NexPhase Capital requested consideration in the Inc. Founder Friendly Investor award process.

The 2023 List of Founder-Friendly Investors was published by Inc. Magazine in October 2023. NexPhase paid Inc. a nonrefundable processing fee to participate in Inc.’s 2023 Founder-Friendly Investors Listing, which all applicants were required to pay. In addition, NexPhase paid Inc. fees for the right to reprint the Inc. Founder Friendly Investor logo. To see the complete list, click here.

About NexPhase Capital

The information herein is not an advertisement or intended for use by investors, and does not constitute an investment recommendation. Portfolio companies identified do not represent all of the investment decisions made by the NexPhase investment team; the full list of all investment decisions is available upon request. No assumptions should be made that these, or any other investments, were or will be profitable. Operations experts referenced above include Operating Partners and Executive Advisory Board members who are not NexPhase employees, but are consultants compensated by NexPhase funds or portfolio companies; their compensation will not offset any NexPhase management fees.

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