Role-play sales calls/pitches, write emails that get attention, build marketing funnels, set validation strategies, make spreadsheets to track things, hire gig workers, and make mindmaps… in 5-90 minutes.
Let me show you how a pen, paper, boxes, and lines can unlock your startup for way, way less.
If you’ve had an idea or gone ahead and started your early-stage business, you’re likely swamped with “things to do” that overwhelm you. From prototypes, to engineering, to design, to marketing, to sales, to internal team, to expensive tools, I can save you loads of heartache.
You see, I’ve been on the starting team of several startups, turned around several seed-stage startups spending way too much for far too little, and consulted dozens out of dropping $300k on prototypes for demand validation (you can do this for under $10k), quitting their day jobs too soon, hiring too big a team, structuring bad deals, and giving away the farm by overvaluing skills they don’t have.
Almost every time I speak or train on startups I’m told “you’re the best speaker we’ve had at this accelerator” or win best convention presentation and so on. Why? Because I’m down to earth and free you from bad advice, while showing you *exact tools and methods* to get done what you must: prototyping, demand validation, pitching, marketing, and closing your first deal.
The right advice at the wrong stage will kill your startup. Growth coaching is for founders who need a veteran founder that didn’t go to Harvard and isn’t an over-the-top sales or public speaker type: a regular person who can show the exact next steps for your business and call BS on hope as a strategy. There’s a way to win without winning the startup lottery. Growth coaching is for people willing to stack up the small wins that lead to a big one.
Marketing isn’t “arts and crafts.” It’s the founder stating the value proposition clearly in front of the right target market until heads nod, predictably, then building a small machine around it. You can launch marketing in two days.
I’ve been on the first team of 4 winning businesses: statUP.com, 9Lenses.com, ethosdebate.com, Pinwheel.com.
…and several organizations: fpbb.org, vinylvoicesband.com, Nathan Hale Center for Intelligence Studies, multiple speech and debate clubs.
…and led two turnarounds for high-powered CEOs: Towny.com and NXTBoard.
And I’m into learning new things with my friends, kids, or alone. Voice lessons, poker, mountain biking, reading EVERYTHING, brain science, wellness/therapy, design skills, trumpet, piano, art, you name it. I collect frameworks.
And I wrote some books. One is published, three aren’t yet because I’m horrible at editing my own writing 😉
I’ve consulted or coached Fortune 10 C-Suite execs, dozens of medium and small business CEOs, and still more startups and merchants. Been flown around by GE executives, embedded as a consultant at Raytheon, and walked the streets of Waco working with founders of shops.
All that I do comes from the same source. As an intelligence analyst, classical liberal arts junky, rhetorician, reader, and brain science nerd, I’ve found that synthesis is my gift and actionability is my strength.