A HAND-PICKED COMMUNITY OF EARLY STARTUP FOUNDERS
Founders@Launch is a hand-built and professionally facilitated peer group of founder CEOs, meeting virtually once a month for discussion and group coaching. This tribe of founders is not only a community of wisdom, but also your personal team of advisors and family of support.
Each cohort is facilitated by Jason R. Waller, executive coach to hundreds of startup leaders—but the real magic is in the unique, collective insight of the tribe.
THE VALUE OF FOUNDERS@LAUNCH
DIVERSE WISDOM FOR YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGES
The CEOs in Founders@Launch are world-class. They have deep expertise, often past startup experience, are are ready to be backed by top-tier investors. In your tribe, you can tap into the network and collective wisdom of the group and problem-solve the obstacles that really keep you up at night, leveraging insights across industries and backgrounds.
YOUR PERSONAL TEAM OF ADVISORS
Anyone who thinks it isn't lonely at the top hasn't spent much time there. As incredible as it can be to have mentors and partners in your corner, Founders@Launch is a special community, welcoming without judgment or expectation. It's a space to recharge, listen, share, and be supported by others who are on the same journey as you are.
A COMMUNITY OF REFLECTION AND GROWTH
Your time with the tribe of Founders@Launch is a chance to slow down and reflect. It's here that you'll see new ways of tackling problems, watch other CEOs find their breakthroughs, and pull up to a more strategic vantage. It's here that you'll be challenged to grow in the ways your company need and in the ways your first employees need.
WHO WE ARE
Leading a scalable startup
Looking to grow and learn
DIVERSE AND RESPECTFUL
Makes space for others
AUTHENTIC AND HUMBLE
Shows up and speaks up
THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
FACILITATED PEER GROUP SESSIONS
This is the core of the program. Once a month, all members meet virtually for a facilitated half-day session of problem solving, growth, and support.
ON-DEMAND EXECUTIVE COACH SUPPORT
Jason, the lead facilitator, is available to you or your executive team for one-off coaching at no charge, whether to talk through a crisis or debrief on learning. Structured programs also available based on cost and availability.
360 LEADERSHIP ASSESSMENT
Members can claim two free licenses per year of the Compass360 Leadership Assessment Tool, an online multi-rater leadership survey.
TOP-TIER PEOPLE AND TALENT RESOURCES
Develop a network of fractional human capital support and trusted advisors for executive coaching, synchronized team coaching, facilitated sessions, team offsites, leadership development programs, recruiting assessments, and more.
WHAT AND WHEN IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?
The tribe of founder CEOs meets as a group for one half day (3-4 hours) each month. As of now, most tribes meet on Monday afternoons, US Pacific time.
IS IT A WORTHWHILE INVESTMENT?
We're not shy about our commitment or our price, as the return to our members is always greater. Each member commits to showing up, contributing actively, and paying their membership dues. Nearly all members pay their dues through their company, as an investment in their leadership growth. There are no onboarding fees or hidden costs.
IS FOUNDERS@LAUNCH COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY?
Absolutely, but it's an uphill battle. Historically, female founders receive less that 3% of total VC investment, and this number is less than 1% for female founders of color. Founders@Launch has 50-50 targets for representation and, in alignment with our values, subsidizes membership dues in proportion with US wage gaps for women and minorities.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A MEMBER?
To become a member, you must be a founder and CEO of a seed or pre-seed startup, complete an assessment interview, sign a commitment to our core values (humility, authenticity, respect, and diversity), and be voted in by the standing group. All industries, ages, and backgrounds may apply.
I DON'T MEET ONE OR MORE OF THE PREREQUISITES, CAN I STILL APPLY?
Regrettably no. The journey of a owning and growing a business is unique and we honor that in our selectivity. Feel free to inquire about other programs.
I WAS TOLD I WOULD BE ADDED TO THE WAITLIST, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
Because there is a maximum of 10 members per tribe at any one time, it can take time to select, fill, and backfill the community. As of now, wait time for successful applicants is less than three months.
WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY MEMBERSHIP?
You can elect to withdraw your membership at any time and for any reason, at no charge. In honoring the spirit of community, membership is automatically revoked after three consecutive absences or a historic attendance of less than 50%. Reapplicants will not be given preference or penalty on the waitlist.
ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?
To learn more about the program, follow the links above or here to book time with Jason, lead facilitator of the tribes. There is no obligation or expectation, but you may be invited to attend a session for free as a provisional member, pending mutual interest.