1:1 Startup Consulting

1-Day VIP Intensives for founders who refuse to bet their futures on trial and error.

In just one day, get the clarity, guidance and custom roadmap you need to fast-track profitability and get funded.

There may not be any “shortcuts” to business success. But there is a fast track.

You have a big vision. But data shows that it takes most startups an average of 5-10 years to become truly successful (and 90% won’t even make it that long).

Some people may be okay with spending 5-10 years in the red while trying to figure things out on their own. But if you’ve had a healthy income and been waiting for forever to turn your dream into a reality, the idea of waiting a decade to replace your income might drive you to the nearest pint (drink or ice cream…  your choice).

Having spent the last 20-plus years advising entrepreneurs across all industries, I’m here to tell you that you can create your own shorter timeline for success.

Give me one day, and I’ll help you do it.

VIP Day: Startup Roadmap

Most startups fail to grow and get funded for a very simple reason: they can’t see the weaknesses and gaps in their business model that are keeping investors from investing — and buyers from buying. During this custom 2-hour session, we’ll dive into the details of your vision and lay the groundwork for a rock-solid foundation that paves the way for profits. Kickstarting your road to success, I’ll give you the clarity, direction and roadmap you need so you can jump on the fast track to building a growing business and attracting investors.

VIP Day: Financial Roadmap
The single biggest reason startups fail is running out of cash. While you don’t need to become a numbers expert, you do need to have a working knowledge. Before you pitch investors or open your doors, it’s mission critical that you know how much money you need to launch and run your business (especially as you work your way to profitability). And if you’ve already launched? This custom 1-day session is the day you take control of your financial destiny (even if you’re “not a numbers person”). Regardless of how much or how little you know about financials, I’ll meet you where you are as we create your financial roadmap.
Bruce C, a happy Startup Distillery client

"Diane is a straight shooter who isn't afraid to tell it like it is. Her goal is to set you up for success."

“My favorite part of our VIP Day was the dialogue that clarified what we’ve done right, what we’ve done wrong, and what we need to do moving forward.”

Bruce Caughman


Why VIP Days?

Instead of dragging things out over weeks or months (delaying results), these immersive 1:1 sessions are the fastest, most effective way to give you clarity, guidance and a clear action plan.

In just one day, you’ll walk away with:

A Foundation

A strong business foundation that paves the way for profits.


Knowing exactly what strengths to lean into, weaknesses to shore up, and gaps to address.

Investor Insight

A clear understanding of exactly what investors are looking for so you can get funded.

Next Steps

An action plan with the steps you need to take to develop a business model that attracts both investors and customers.


My specific strategies and tactics for collecting the critical market data you need to confirm there’s enough market demand.


The expert guidance you need to speed up your learning curve, fast-track profitability and avoid expensive mistakes.

I believe that when starting a business, you have two choices:

Go it alone.

You can go it alone, learning slowly and painfully through trial and error.

Get expert guidance.

You can get expert guidance from the start, so you’ll be more likely to get funded, less likely to fail and become profitable sooner.

You’re in the driver’s seat.

Success is never guaranteed, and you won’t be able to completely avoid making mistakes. But the great thing is that you’re in the driver’s seat.

You have the power to reduce your risk of failure and become profitable sooner. It starts with a simple phone call.

Andrew S, happy Startup Distillery client
The greatest strength Diane brings to the table is her business background combined with her critical thinking.

She’s insightful, asking challenging questions about key business issues.”

Andrew Shamrao
Divaker Inc.

Dick Burkett, happy Startup Distillery client.
Diane led us through the startup process, asking tough questions and getting us to focus on important issues we’d either missed or were avoiding.

Her business experience and critical thinking is invaluable.”

Dick Burkett
Karas Hotels

Reina Takahashi, happy Startup Distillery client
Diane helped me organize and vet my business ideas, prioritize them, and break them down into actionable steps.”

Our work together helped me to transition to seeing myself as a business owner.”

Reina Takahashi