On Tuesday morning, I was at Philz Coffee in Redwood City just grabbing a cup of coffee and in walks Jacob Jaber, the CEO of Philz.
Jacob spoke at our conference last year so I immediately recognized him though most of the patrons didn’t seem to know him. I thought okay I’m not going to go fan-boy him right now. He’s got things to do and places to go.
But then Jacob goes behind the counter, high fives and fist bumps his fellow baristas and takes up an open station and start calling customers down. He’s handcrafting individual cups of coffee for people. When my turn came, I got a cup of Jacobs Wonderbar (look man, I’m a VC so I need to pander because I don’t have any other real skills).
I mean they only have 36 of the hottest coffee stores around and Jacob is brewing coffee, one cup at a time.
There’s something different about these founders.