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Cofounding supports business partners and cofounding teams in getting the basics right so they get the most from being partners. I want to help founders build teams that will win and last.
 
 

Services

 

The lack of knowledge and the lack of support are the main challenges when it comes to failing business partnerships.

To fix this, I focus holistically on the full process - from finding the right cofounders to structuring the co-founding teams and incentives up to equity splits and cofounding agreements.

According to who you are and your specific needs I can help you develop positive and lasting business partnerships.

 
 

Services for Cofounders

Would you ever consider sky-diving without any prior training or instructions? Probably not.

The same should be true for business partnerships! They are great and can be very powerful and successful, if you know how to do them right. I will help you with range of tasks, from selecting the right cofounders, forming the right team, creating ongoing incentives and splitting the equity to documenting everything in your Cofounding agreement.

1.FUTURE COFOUNDERS

As a future cofounder there are many questions you will be considering. I will provide you with consulting services to answer all of them and take action.

  • If you are forming a new cofounding team, you will be probably asking these questions

    • Do I have the right cofounders?

    • How will we work together as a team?

    • How shall we split the roles and responsibilities?

    • What do we need to know about each other?

    • Do we have an alignment on purpose of the company?

    • How shall we split the equity?

    • What are the options? Vesting? Cliffs? Milestones?

  • If you are considering joining an existing team, you may be asking these questions

    • Shall I join? How will I fit in?

    • What is the fair equity share I need to negotiate?

    • What else do I need to be aware of?

2. EXISTING COFOUNDING TEAMS

Are you an existing team and would you like to make sure that you are in the best possible shape?

Ensure you have a solid base!

  • Review the team structure, including roles and responsibilities

  • Improve the way you work together

  • Manage a leaving or joining cofounder

  • Review your existing Cofounder Agreement. You don’t have any yet? Get your Cofounder Agreement template now! Better late than never.

Is there a trouble in paradise?

Whether it is a disagreement within the team, dispute with leaving cofounder or team, or simple underperformance of the team (or some members), I can guide you. The cofounder mediation is proven as the least damaging and costly way to resolve disputes. 

Help with equity splits

It is one of the most important decisions, and one which impacts your business going forward. Unfortunately, there is a very little guidance out there. I am here to help with:

  • Information on different equity split options and possibilities (fixed, dynamic, vesting, cliffs)

  • Recommendation on what is most suitable for your team

  • Dynamic equity split templates for the DYI (Do It Yourself)

CONSULTING SERVICES FOR COFOUNDERS

  1. Individual sessions. We will talk about your unique situation and I will advise you on the best approach and action steps. CHF 330,- per session
  2. Cofounders package will get you started on the right foot. Includes comprehensive services, like individual team assignment, cofounders team workshop and development of your cofounding agreement. Starting at CHF 5'000,-

When is the right time to do it? As soon as you start working together! The legal obligations and liabilities start then and not when you start generating revenue or incorporate a company.

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Let me guide you on your journey!

 
 

Services for Investors

Are you considering investing in a startup? Many experienced and successful investors claim to invest in teams instead of ideas. Rightly so, because issues within cofounding team are the No.1 reason for startups failure. Doing cofounding team due diligence should be your top priority. 

CONSULTING SERVICES FOR INVESTORS

1. Before the investment: Cofounding team Due Diligence (inquire about the price)

The due diligence includes review of:

  • The cofounding team structure, composition, team stability, communication, cohesiveness and values alignment

  • Existing Cofounders Agreements – written / oral, documented / not documented and anything which can have impact on future protection of the project and intellectual property

  • Existing equity split, and its future proofing for changes in the cofounding team

  • Identification of any potential risk areas

  • Recommendation for mitigation measures

2. After the investment: Cofounding team support & coaching (inquire about the price)

Help your future team reach the highest possible performance. The support & coaching include:

  • Setting the right structure of the team – roles * responsibilities

  • Alignment of the working styles

  • Coaching on the best communication practices

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Help your team reach the highest possible performance!

 
 

Lectures and Workshops

 
 

Watch the video to see an example of a workshop for the F10 FinTech Incubator & Accelerator

Topics

I cover these topics during lectures and workshops:

  • All, or any of the 7 steps of business partnerships done right

  • Cofounders communication and conflict resolution.

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Upcoming Events

Cofounding keynote, Futurepreneurship, August 27, 2019, Zurich, Switzerland

Cofounding workshop @ EPFL, October 2019, Zurich, Switzerland

Cofounding workshop @ F10, November, December, 2019, Zurich, Switzerland

Previous Events

Cofounding workshop, Singa Switzerland, July 2018, Geneva, Switzerland

Cofounding workshop, Singa Switzerland, June 2018, Zurich, Switzerland

Cofounding @ Startupweekend Zurich, May 24 - 26, 2019, Zurich, Switzerland

Cofounding keynote, CV VC Incubator, May 7, 2019, Zug, Switzerland

Slicing Pie & Cofounding webinar @Tehnopol, April 23, 2019, Tallinn, Estonia

Cofounding Workshop @F10, January & February 2019, Zurich, Switzerland

Masterclass: Cofounding & Fundraising Fundamentals, 26th March, 24th April, 21st August, 19th September, Hotel Opera, Zurich, Switzerland

Cofounding workshop, June 2018, Singa Switzerland, Zurich, Switzerland

Masterclass: Cofounding & Fundraising Fundamentals, 26th March, 24th April, 21st August, 19th September, Hotel Opera, Zurich, Switzerland

Cofounding workshop, June 2018, Singa Switzerland, Zurich, Switzerland

Cofounding workshop, May 2018, DeTao, ISIB, Shanghai, China

Cofounding workshop, May 2018, Google for Entrepreneurs, Zurich, Switzerland

Cofounding workshop, F10 Fintech Accelerator, May & June 2018, Zurich, Switzerland

The rise of female entrepreneurs25th March 2018, Women's Expo Switzerland, Zurich, Switzerland

Keys to Successful Cofounding, The Powerhouse, Zurich, Switzerland

Cofounders communication and conflict, Kickstart Accelerator, Zurich, Switzerland

Equity split workshop, Kickstart Accelerator, Zurich, Switzerland

Cofounder workshop for F10 FinTech Accelerator, Zurich Switzerland

Slicing pie introduction, for SICTIC (Swiss ICT Investor Club) – joint presentation with Mike Moyer SICTIC

Partnership agreements for startup founders Swiss Startups Club

Start Right Workshop for Founders, for Startup Bootcamp Amsterdam

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