Mark Helow

Mark Helow

Mark Helow
CEO and Founder

I’ve spent most of my adult life (since age 28) studying, coaching, and learning from Entrepreneurs. My relationships tend to be for very long periods of time (usually five years or more), so I’ve had the very special privilege of observing and learning from some pretty remarkable individuals. This occurs through their ups and downs, and over multiple business and economic cycles.

I usually work with about 20 Entrepreneurs at one time, mostly rapidly growing technology companies (usually $25 million to $200 million in revenue) that are funded by top Silicon Valley venture firms. This wide view gives me the ability to observe a large number CEO habits and actions that work…or don’t work over time.

I see my main contribution to an Entrepreneur’s success as having the ability to “hold up a mirror” for them to see where they are in their CEO journey, and help them to acquire knowledge and skill about their company’s most important priorities much faster than their own personal school of hard knocks and experience. Entrepreneurs learn that their situation is almost never unique and there usually is a more optimized solution that is both faster and of higher quality than they would come up with on their own.

I feel strongly that the best way for high potential Entrepreneurs to learn their craft is through the deep observation, benchmarking, and modeling of successful CEO peers. But for this to really work, those particular peers must be highly skilled, deeply passionate about learning their CEO craft, and be willing to train like elite athletes. As you can guess, it’s pretty fantastic for me to be able to participate and contribute to such a highly charged, creative and impactful environment!

I live in San Ramon, CA and I’m an avid golfer (pretty good player) and skier.