I’m an executive coach and tech veteran who helps startup leaders achieve their dreams and find daily fulfillment along the way. I’m a trusted confidant to startup CEOs, an Accel and a16z-backed founder, an advisor to VCs like First Round Capital and Flybridge, one of Slack’s earliest employees…and I've been fired enough times to stop counting. Now I offer my clients the tools to learn from both those thrilling highs and painful lows and emerge ever more authentically themselves.
I became a coach because while I love the startup world, it also nearly broke me. The high points of my career—co-founding and running a promising startup, building the product team at Slack—were also my lowest points emotionally. Yet with each success and each failure, I understood myself and my impact ever more deeply. I began to embrace my own unique shape instead of squeezing into other people’s boxes. I began to act intentionally instead of reacting blindly. Suddenly my dreams seemed much clearer and closer. My awakening had begun.
I work with startup leaders who aren’t satisfied with the status quo. They want more out of their jobs and their lives, even if it’s not always clear how to achieve it. Their vision is more than a prestigious title at a fast-growing company, but true fulfillment: a sense of resonance, meaning, purpose, and impact. They are ready to commit to unlocking the potential in their companies and themselves.
Finding that potential starts with knowing yourself deeply—and embracing what you find. What are your values? What do you truly want? What familiar narratives keep showing up in your life? What pain are you enduring? I'll give you the tools to make sense of your thoughts and feelings and take appropriate action. We’ll harness the power of your innate qualities to achieve your dreams—and find balance (not burn out) along the way.
We start each session with whichever topic is top of mind for you, but know that I push you to dig deeper to find the ripest opportunities for growth. I’ll be your ally and confidant, but also your mirror: I don’t hold back what I see. I coach the whole person, not a particular set of topics, so our conversations can go wherever they need to to realize your vision. While I occasionally offer advice from my career in tech, typically the solutions come from you. Instead, I act as your partner in identifying what’s truly important, and your advocate in acting on it. So be ready to go big!
“Kenneth is one of the funniest and most approachable people I've ever met.”
"Kenneth is incredible and I recommend him to anyone who wants to level-up their career or their mindset."
"You will be challenged. You might, at times, be uncomfortable. But at the end of the day, you will be grateful and proud of your decision to work with Kenneth."
“What I appreciate about Kenneth’s approach is his positivity, patience and resourcefulness.”
“Kenneth is a wonderful coach. I was struggling with how to articulate my deeper purpose for what I put my energy towards in work and in life, and he really nailed it.”
I offer a free one hour sample session to all potential clients (that's you!) so we can assess mutual fit. After that I ask for a commitment of two 1 hour sessions per month for six months, since transformative growth requires sustained time and energy from both sides. We can meet via phone, video conference, or in person in San Francisco. In between sessions, I’m available via email and text to continue our discussion and keep you accountable to action.