Pitch Judging

To support the startup community in the San Francisco Bay Area, we occasionally volunteer to judge startup pitch competitions. Past partners include:

Pitch Triage

We’ll work with you to identify the weakest elements of your pitch, correct them, and develop a compelling story designed to get you to that important next meeting.

Founder Cultivation

The most important factor of startup success is—by far—the founder. While potential investors may never tell you what’s wrong, we will be brutally honest—and we’ll help you to overcome the obstacles that are holding you back.

Business Model Biopsy

You’ve got a great idea, but is it a real business? Unfortunately, many founders can’t answer this question to the satisfaction of stakeholders, including potential investors. We’ll deconstruct and correct your business economics.

Brand Foundation Diagnosis and Reconstruction

Brand Foundation is often ignored or hastily thrown together, but it’s a fundamental and critical guide to decision making at all levels of your business. We’ll walk you through the process to ensure that your startup has a solid start.

Naming Prescriptions

It’s hard to take businesses with bad names seriously, but finding a good name can be so difficult and time consuming that many founders simply give up, or they fall in love with a name that’s embarrassingly bad. We’ll produce at least 5 names that are better than your current one, with rationale behind each.

Carpooling service for parents transporting kids to and from school

Carpooling service for parents transporting kids to and from school

California's first accelerator for cannabis-related startups

California's first accelerator for cannabis-related startups

Crowd-funded live music events

Crowd-funded live music events

Online music television company

Online music television company

An intelligent shopping app that recommends clothes you'll like out of inventory currently available at local stores

An intelligent shopping app that recommends clothes you'll like out of inventory currently available at local stores

The next generation of tech M&A

The next generation of tech M&A

kenobi is your virtual advisor built from the knowledge of successful tech entrepreneurs. Get started with the confidence of a proven process tailored for your startup and accelerate the growth of your company.

kenobi is your virtual advisor built from the knowledge of successful tech entrepreneurs. Get started with the confidence of a proven process tailored for your startup and accelerate the growth of your company.

Social media marketing services firm

Social media marketing services firm

Collaboration with musician Amanda Palmer that allows fans to loan money for musicians in lieu of advances from record labels

Collaboration with musician Amanda Palmer that allows fans to loan money for musicians in lieu of advances from record labels

Venture capital and services firm connecting manufacturers from Shenzhen, China with hardware startups in Silicon Valley

Venture capital and services firm connecting manufacturers from Shenzhen, China with hardware startups in Silicon Valley


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Note that we screen clients for compatibility and cannot accept all incoming requests. All services are billed at our standard rate of $500/hr, except for Naming Prescriptions, which are a flat $1,000 fee. Serious inquiries only.