Work with me

Let’s collaborate.

At Startup Distillery I don’t do it for you, I do it with you. We’ll combine your vision with my expertise.

In fact, maintaining an easy dialogue between us is so important that I work on a flat-fee basis. I want you to feel comfortable discussing issues without “hearing the clock tick.”

The way I see it, building and growing a business is a process. As part of that process I take on several roles: devil’s advocate, coach and translator — because if you can’t explain it to me, how can you explain it to customers and investors? The issues you’d rather not face? We’ll confront them together. I point out weak assumptions and gaps, and work with you to resolve them.

Working with me is like startup bootcamp. By the time we’re through, you’ll know your business inside and out because we’ve addressed the thorniest, most challenging issues as well as the mundane. The result? You’ll be ready to adapt quickly, take advantage of opportunities and make smart decisions on the fly.

Candid

I wouldn’t be helping if we only focused on the bright side, so I’ll always give it to you straight. When it comes to your success, there’s no room for fairy tales.

Accessible

A Wharton degree plus years of proven startup expertise informs all the strategies and guidance I share with you.

Expert

You’ll have my decades of experience at your disposal. Go ahead, put me on speed dial.
Range of Services
Advising Program
Not sure if your business idea makes sense? Need help growing the business you’ve already got? I can help you take your vision and distill it down into smart, strategic, manageable steps.

My Advising Program is designed for entrepreneurs like you who are at one of four stages:

  1. You’ve got an idea and you’re trying to figure out whether it makes sense before you invest time and money in a business plan.
  2. You’ve got a business plan, but you need help bringing it to life.
  3. You’ve hit a plateau and need a strategic growth plan.
  4. Things aren’t going as planned and you need to pivot to a more profitable business model.

I make it easy for us to work together by offering a low-risk trial that works like this:

For a $500 flat fee, you have me at your disposal for up to 4 hours over a 2-week period. That way, we get to know each other. You get valuable guidance from a seasoned advisor while I learn about your needs so I can offer you the lowest price possible as we continue working together.

Pitch Prep
When it comes to pitching your business, it’s all about telling a compelling story — to investors, customers and partners. The reality is: facts tell, stories 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 making complex concepts easy to understand doesn’t hurt either.

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

  1. Slide deck
  2. Script
  3. Presentation skills
Custom
Business Plans
Starting a business the right way means thinking through key elements ahead of time.

Yes, industries and markets are changing fast, but not so fast that you get a free pass when it comes to knowing your customers and understanding your market.

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’ll develop your vision into a roadmap for launching and growing your business.

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

PLUS
Sound advice
Keep you moving forward
Stay on track
Creative solutions
Navigate roadblocks
Shorten your learning curve
Clear explanations
Specific direction
Help you prioritize
Let’s do this!
It’s time for the rubber to hit the road.

HQ

Chicago, Illinois