I’ve spent most of my adult life (over 30 years) studying, coaching, and learning from Entrepreneurs. I was the youngest Chair (age 28) ever hired by Vistage, and then formed my own CEO peer group process in partnership with Inc Magazine. I began working exclusively with venture backed CEOs in 2011, and love the unique challenges and opportunities that come in such a highly charged, creative environment.
I work closely with about 20 CEOs at one time, from post Series A (Kyndi, Neurotrack) to Series B/C (Crunchbase, Anomali, NewsCred), through late stage and public (ServiceMax, Talend, Poshmark) that are funded by top Silicon Valley venture firms (Bessemer, NEA, Emergence, Mayfield). This wide view gives me the ability to observe and understand how CEO skills must evolve and grow through multiple funding stages and business cycles.
I believe the best way for high potential Entrepreneurs to learn their craft is through the deep 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. My job is to assemble and lead that group.