I boot-strapped a startup to profitability, raised millions in venture money, grew to 7 figures per month in revenues, and then sold to one of the largest Internet companies in the world. Now I mentor startup executives seeking to do the same thing.
While building a startup in Japan, I learned the secret of Japanese consensus building that is behind some of the most innovative and successful companies in the world. To reach your exit, you need the best innovative ideas of every team member on direction, and a method for getting everyone enthusiastically behind the direction that you decide after considering the options. Too iron fisted, you stifle innovation, and people only half-heartedly row in the direction you set. Too soft, and the boat goes in circles. Do this, and you will have a happy boat full of charged up innovators, all rowing as hard as they can in the same direction.
When you ask a champion athlete what they were thinking about at the moment of their winning shot, they will tell you "nothing". I built and sold a startup in Silicon Valley. There are thousands of decisions a founder needs to make every day. Making the right decisions is the difference between an multi-million dollar exit, and years of frustration and loss. I help founders get into the flow in the same way a champion athlete does, so that they can make the best decisions for themselves, their family and their team.
When I arrived in Silicon Valley, before I built my startup, I had the privilege of becoming acquainted with Don Valentine, the man who discovered Steve Jobs, and perhaps the most successful venture capitalist in history. Don taught me a couple of fundamental principles, that every startup CEO must master if they want to attract quality venture capital, and take their startup to a successful exit.