If you are a CEO or company owner of a small to medium sized company suffering growth pains my coaching can help. I provide it in one-on-one sessions or in peer groups of 10 executives at your level going though comparable issues. What you get from me is advice based on my five decades of experience as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, angel investor, CEO and board of directors member of nearly 30 companies.
How I can Help You
Financial Management, capital raising and exit strategy coaching
We can help you position your company to be attractive to capital sources. We can help you identify and optimize those aspects of your business that will maximize value on an exit, and coach you in the selection and management of advisors or investment banks commonly involved in sale, merger or IPO transactions.
We all need someone supportive to talk with
I am a safe listener because my agenda is your agenda. Talking to your employees often results in your being told what they think you want to hear. Fellow board members can be valuable listeners unless they have a need to be in synch with your thoughts or have their own agenda.
Coaching detects blind spots before they become problems
We all have them. The day-to-day battles often lead to overlooking the really important things the doing of which will get you to your goals. Having been in your shoes and not being consumed in the day-to-day allows me to find and help you focus on the things that matter.
We all do better when there is someone there to hold us accountable for what we agreed to accomplish
I can help you gain clarity on what needs to be done to keep you on your intended track, but between sessions the dreaded day-to-day can put you off track. Your agreeing to be held accountable to make good on your commitments adds that little bit of pressure needed to ensure meeting agreed goals.
Coaching has high ROI
According to the American Management Association, organizations that use coaching reported stronger market performance. A global survey of coaching clients by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the Association Resource Center concluded that the mean ROI for companies investing in coaching was seven times that of the initial investment. A quarter of the companies in the survey reported an ROI of 10 to 49 times investment.
I can site elements of my track record that increase cited ROI by orders of magnitude.
“If you would know the road ahead, ask someone who has traveled it.”
I have started, operated and/or financed numerous product and service companies over the past several decades. I managed four venture capital firms (founded two of them) with combined capital under management exceeding $500 million.
My Experience-Based Approach
“The only source of knowledge is experience.”
– Albert Einstein
My focus is on creating and realizing value. My approach is grounded in decades of starting, financing and building companies in the US.
- For early stage companies my coaching focuses on creating and nurturing the enterprise elements needed to attract investors and positioning the company for growth and sustainability.
- For later stage companies I focus on helping owners/CEOs improve company performance or get ready for a successful financial exit.