Phil Hu

Entrepreneur, Inventor

Companies Founded

Saybrook - Adjustable Pillow Brand

cleverlayover - Flight Search Engine

Social Media





Phil Hu is an entrepreneur and inventor passionate about solving everyday problems through meticulous design and uncompromising standards. As an avid traveler, he is the co-founder and CEO of cleverlayover, a flight search engine that finds cheaper flights through exhaustive algorithms.

After years of working late nights as an entrepreneur, Phil has found that quality sleep is the only thing that can fuel successful companies. He is also the founder and inventor of Saybrook pillows, a direct-to-consumer brand that combines thoughtful design and quality materials to produce the best pillows. After testing many infomercial pillows that were either too soft or too firm, Phil invented the Saybrook adjustable pillow to improve his own sleep quality as a side-sleeper.

Phil has a BA in Applied Mathematics from Yale College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a former Research Science Institute scholar at MIT and the co-author of four peer-reviewed papers on network theory from the perspective of both pure mathematical theory and practical applications in business strategy. Phil started his career interning at The Walt Disney Company and then Microsoft. After college, he worked at McKinsey and Company for half a decade. In his free time, he enjoys culturally immersive travel and blissfully restful sleep. Phil is also passionate about scuba diving, and he has a PADI Advanced Open Water certification.


Harvard Business School, MBA 2016

Yale College, BA 2012

Publications Co-authored

Disintermediation in Two-Sided Marketplaces (June 2016)

Matching Preclusion on Burnt Pancake Graphs (Oct 2013)

Matching Preclusion on Bipartite Graphs II (July 2012)

Matching Preclusion on Bipartite Graphs I (July 2012)