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James Phelan

James Phelan

Managing Director | Community Director | Founder & CEO

Houston Professionals | Startup Grind HOU | WhiteSpace

Connecting business professionals to one another, to entrepreneurial communities, and to curated, daily workplaces where they may work, meet, sell, and find meaningful collaborations. All day, everyday.




"Coming together is a beginning; Keeping together is progress; Working together is success." - Henry Ford


Founder & CEO

Hands on the Helm: Steering a startup while navigating the entrepreneurial space.

White Space has evolved from a single co-working environment into a web/app driven network of professional, temporary, shared/virtual workplaces (office & retail). The excitement and inspiration of creating a hosted network from inception, working with so many great people, and managing growth is fulfilling and never-ending.

Houston Professionals + Houston Young Professionals

Managing Director

Houston Professionals (HP) + Houston Young Professionals (HYP) are networking groups connecting Houstonian professionals on differing career paths, from various industries and with diverse backgrounds.

We empower professionals to connect with other like-minded individuals who share the passion of networking, business development, community volunteerism, and social activities.

Startup Grind Houston

Community Director

Startup Grind Houston is the local chapter for a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, we host monthly events in more than 150 cities and 65 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

Where my Soul Resides

Many of us have that place, our place, where we can recharge and unwind. This is mine.

Stanford University

Entrepreneurial Studies

Transit-Oriented Development Houston (T.O.D. Houston)

Development Director

Researched and developed presentations delivered to municipal and business leaders on the impacts of possible development patterns that could occur in the neighborhoods near the planned METRO-Rail stations on the five-corridor light rail expansion plan. Also advised on TOD issues in Dallas, Austin, Denver, & Boston.

University of St. Thomas, Houston

Business Marketing

United States Navy

Govt. Affairs, Puerto Rico

University of Southern California

Architecture/Urban Planning