Marcy Swenson
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 Directory of Startup Coaches

Here are other coaches who focus on working with startup founders and leaders.

I know them all, and am happy to refer clients to them when my practice is full or it seems like they might be a better fit. Here we list coaches we actually know; many of them run coaches companies that are likely also full of wonderful coaches.



Jerry Colonna

New York 

A former venture capitalist focused on investing in early stage technology-related startups, Jerry has been coaching since 2007. He blogs at The Monster in Your Head. As of this writing, Jerry’s practice is full and he isn’t accepting new clients. He co-founded



Dale Larson


Former entrepreneur, now full-time coach & advisor to to mostly venture-backed startups. Also my partner in creating



Khalid Halim

San Francisco

I first met him at Wisdom 2.0, and kept running into him at different client sites. He co-founded



Ann Mehl

New York

A former programmer and executive, now a wonderful coach; I met her through Jerry Colonna. You can find her here.



Dave Kashen

San Francisco

A former entrepreneur, investment banker and VC with a Stanford MBA and training at CTI. He is now leading Fearless Ventures, a VC firm that invests in their portfolios by providing both funding and coaching.



Bryan Neuberg

San Francisco Bay Area

Built a small business himself before training with CTI. He works with a team of coaches “with experience in the C-suites of the Fortune 1000,” and now runs Neuberg, Gore, and Associates.



Anamaria Nino-Murcia

San Francisco Bay Area

Is a Stanford MBA and was employee #3 at ElliptiGo before deciding her passion was coaching. She runs Fortlight, who does coaching, team training, manager training, and T-groups.



Joe Dunn

San Francisco

A former product executive turned executive coach; there are few folks who understanding both the challenges of being VP Product/CPO, in addition to being a skilled coach. He runs CloudBreak.



Dale Jasper Stephens

San Francisco

Founded the Uncollege movement, was one of the original Thiel fellows, and is incredibly knowledgeable about the startup ecosystem, and the psychological challenges of being a founder. Although he’s early in his journey as a coach, he’s incredibly talented. You can find him here.