Mentoring is/was a fashionable topic amongst the venture capital and startup Illuminati for years. I have written about it for a long time. A good mentor can make a mediocre founder into a winner.
Full disclosure: I run a CEO coaching/mentoring business called The Wisdom of the Campfire and have for a dozen years. I take clients only by referral and personal introduction. I do zero marketing and do not even have a website.
Everybody in startup world had to have a celebrity CEO coach. This was caused by two specific conditions:
1. Venture capitalists know next to nothing about actually running a business. More than 75% of their investments fail, so what does that tell you?
2. Young startup founders/CEOs have had zero training in leadership the lingua franca of building even a lemonade stand. Continue reading