Let’s collaborate

At Startup Distillery I help make “the hard parts” easy for you — and make it simple to figure out what you should be focusing on NOW.


When you contact Startup Distillery you won’t reach a receptionist or an assistant. You’ll speak directly with me.


Quality is critical, yet time is of the essence where ideas are concerned. That’s why I only work with a limited number of clients at any given time.

Flat fee

I work on a flat-fee basis so you feel comfortable discussing issues without hearing the clock tick.
Range of Services

Advising Program

Need some expert guidance? I help entrepreneurs like you build growing businesses, step by step. How? By making “the hard parts” easy for you, and by making it simple to figure out what you should be focusing on NOW.

I’ve been doing this for more than 20 years with clients in a wide variety of industries, and I’d love to help you, too.


  1. You’ve got an idea but need a roadmap for bringing it to life.
  2. You’ve hit a plateau and need a growth strategy that works.
  3. Things aren’t going as planned and you want to rethink your business model.

I make things easy by offering a low-risk trial that works like this:

For a $500 flat fee, we’ll work together so that you and I can get to know each other. You’ll get specific, actionable guidance as I help you build or grow your business as quickly and smoothly as possible.


Need to raise funds? Facts tell, but it’s the stories that sell.

Startup Distillery knows what it takes to persuade investors (or any audience, for that matter). So I make sure my clients have both the story and the facts to back it up. A knack for concise, compelling, focused pitches makes my clients’ pitches irresistible.

Developing a successful pitch involves three parts. I’m ready to help you with one, two or all three:

1. Slide deck
2. Script
3. Presentation (e.g., body language, voice modulation)

Business Plans

Starting a business the right way means thinking through key elements ahead of time.

At Startup Distillery you get more than a business plan. You get one-on-one strategic advice that becomes your personal startup bootcamp. I guide. I explain. I critique. Together we develop your vision into a roadmap for launching a growing business.

Custom plans include narrative, financial projections and executive summary. Slide decks and pitches are available as add-ons at discounted rates.

What you get…
1. Startup bootcamp

No matter which service you choose, we’ll combine your vision with my expertise, addressing the challenging issues as well as the mundane. Issues you’d rather not face? We’ll confront them together.

2. Proven techniques

I teach you how to pitch your business — no matter how technical — to investors and customers in a way that’s engaging, clear and persuasive.

3. Candid feedback

I wouldn’t be helping if we only focused on the bright side, so I always give it to you straight. I point out weak assumptions and gaps, and work with you to resolve them.

4. On-call expertise

You’ll have my decades of experience at your complete disposal (you wouldn’t be the first to put me on speed dial). A Wharton degree and years of proven startup expertise informs all the strategies and guidance I share with you.

5. Ready (for anything)
When things change (as they naturally do), you’ll be ready to adapt quickly, take advantage of opportunities and make smart decisions on the fly because you’re prepared.
Let’s do this!
It’s time for the rubber to hit the road.


Chicago, Illinois