Startup consulting* and business planning for entrepreneurs who want to grow and get funded.
You have a big vision. But data shows that it takes most startups an average of 10 years to become truly successful — and 90% won’t even make it that long. I’m here to help you do it in half the time or less.
Startup Strategist + Consultant
Most startups fail to grow and get funded for one simple reason…
Their founders dive head first into the proverbial shark tank without dialing in their business fundamentals.
It’s why 7 in 10 startups don’t even make it five years — and it’s why I’ve made it my mission to help entrepreneurs build a foundation that paves the way for profits. The people who choose to work with me are more likely to get funded, less likely to fail, and become profitable sooner.
Before you set foot in the shark tank, let’s set you up for success.
Meet the Founder + Principal
It’s time to stop wasting time guessing and pivoting — and start profiting.
Hi, I’m Diane Tarshis. I provide 1:1 startup consulting and business planning that gives founders the clarity they need to fast-track success. Put simply, I’m like the expert that gets founders ready to go on Shark Tank, so they know exactly what they’re doing before all eyes are on them.
Since graduating from the Wharton School and leaving the frenzy of Wall Street behind, I’ve spent 20-plus years helping entrepreneurs from all walks of life build successful businesses and get funded.
I’ve advised founders in industries ranging from clean energy to life sciences, retail to consumer products, entertainment, food & beverage, tech of all kinds… and distilleries, of course.
Some of my clients have become leaders in their industry, others have made multimillion-dollar exits, while still others have achieved their dream of a life that gives them flexibility and financial freedom.
But one thing they’ve all had in common is this: They refused to leave their success up to trial and error.
If you’re ready to seek out expert guidance,
let’s see if I’m the right fit for you.
Learn more about Diane
This is your shot. Let’s make it count.
Whether you need to raise funds or you simply want to fast-track profitability, you’re in the right place.
There may not be any shortcuts, but there is a fast track.
You know that having a clear roadmap and an experienced guide will help you reach your revenue goals faster. Whether you simply need clarity (what to do and in what order) or you need to dial in the details of your business model or build financial projections, together we’ll develop your blueprint for success.
I know how to help you get funded. It starts with a plan.
If you need funding to get your business off the ground, then you need a business plan that’s tailored to your unique business and will wow even the most seasoned investor. 99% of my clients who have sought funding have secured it. That’s not a coincidence. So before you enter the proverbial shark tank, come see me.
A limited budget doesn’t have to mean a limited plan.
After helping countless startups grow and get funded, I’ve distilled my methods and expertise into a step-by-step Business Plan Kit that shows you how to get it right from the get-go — using worksheets, templates and an ebook that explains it all (at an affordable price). Made for any industry and instantly downloadable.
“Diane’s unique collaborative approach helped us build a stronger business. Her guidance was a key reason we were able to secure investors.
She had the experience to quickly recognize our core strengths, and challenged us in an effort to improve our concept.”
Figo Pet Insurance
Result: Multimillion-dollar exit; acquired by German conglomerate.
Our plan gave us credibility with our investors and enabled us to then secure $1 million. There is no question we couldn’t have done it without her.”
Result: Secured $100,000 business loan in 48 hours, then $1 million from investors.
I cannot say enough about how skilled, intelligent and fun to work with she is.
Result: England’s largest whisky producer.
Plug + Play Financial Projection Templates
One of the biggest reasons startups fail is because they run out of cash. Grab my guide to demystifying financial projections + plug-and-play Excel templates with built-in formulas. Only $5. Learn more
Not For Public Consumption PODCAST – WITH DIANE TARSHIS
Listen Up. Level Up.
Every no-fluff, no-filler episode is designed to help startup founders like you get profitable sooner and get funded (if that’s your thing).
Start It Up
Launching a Startup? Don’t Skip This One Thing
The Difference Between Profit & Loss and Cash Flow Projections
How to Interview Customers to Get the Critical Data You Need
Why People Over 40 Are More Likely to Succeed When Starting a Business