David helped me double my profits in under a year. He encouraged me set clear goals and provided savvy support to work through challenges. I consider David not just a coach, but a friend. Know that if David is able to make the commitment to work with you, he will help you.
– Susanne Hackett, Pollinate Collaboration
As I transitioned my company for sale, David provided invaluable coaching, helping me navigate the inevitable challenges that arise through the negotiation process. David was able to quickly grasp the most critical elements of the sale from the operations and financials of my company to the emotional ups and downs that I was experiencing. Because David’s been an entrepreneur himself he spoke from experience and could related to the unique challenges I was facing. With David as a trusted partner I was able to achieve an outcome far beyond what I could have achieved on my own.
– Sean Murray, CEO/Founder, Real Time Performance
I have grown not only professionally, but personally with David’s guidance over the past year. He’s helped me cut through the clutter of poor management style and gain perspective on what is truly valuable in business and daily life.
– Terry von Thaden, PhD, CEO Illumia
For three years now, David has provided me with clear, relevant and objective guidance on the opportunities and challenges I face. His communication and coaching style is direct and efficient, but also fun. He has been instrumental in helping me clarify, define, and achieve my goals. I am very grateful to have his support, and I recommend him without reservation.
– Sean Cunningham, Managing Director, Onyva
When David is with you, his knowledge and expertise are totally focused on you – what you need and what the business needs. He thinks about your problems/opportunities; challenges your assumptions, and makes coherent and usable suggestions. If you take them, you will grow. You would be lucky to have him as a coach.
– Jerald Pope, Author, Director, Artist
I am not new to business. I’ve owned and operated three, two of them fairly lucrative although small businesses. I’m still young enough to want to work very hard at something purposeful and old enough to know that I would need expert advice and mentoring this time around. I looked seriously at about seven different business coaches before I found David.
David is practical and pragmatic. His ability to cut through the distractions and gobbledegook that would often steal my focus and energy was invaluable. I so appreciated his no-nonsense approach to decision making. It did not take long before I realized that without his guidance and his invaluable experience, I would have made some very critical wrong turns, gone down rabbit trails I could not easily have backed out of, done my reputation perhaps permanent damage on more than one occasion and lost my courage to continue.
– Katy Garrett, Founder, Design Tech Summit
David has a therapeutic approach to business coaching. He is a good listener and synthesizer. He also helped me to clarify my goals without judgment. I highly recommend him.
– Lisa Tabb, Founder
I first met David Billstrom when he was a venture capitalist and my startup was looking for funds. From the questions he asked, I knew David was someone I’d love to have on our board of directors supporting our company. We didn’t fit with the focus of his firm, and we never recruited him as an investor and director, but serendipity hit a few years later.
As the CEO of software company, I was able to retain David as my executive coach. We had been recently acquired and our company was running as an independent subsidiary. David was an incredibly ally to me, helping me navigate our owners, our large corporate customers, and a talented team looking for direction during an uncertain time with new owners.
When we talked each week, David could wear the hat of business strategist, sales coach, investor relations, master negotiator, or socratic mentor. He was the one confidant who knew me well and always had my back, helping me to grow as an executive and thrive as a leader. I’m grateful for his wisdom, and I can trace many of the good decisions we made to questions David asked or suggestions he offered.
– Peter Polson, CEO HTC Dashwire, and Founder
David is great at helping companies grow. He is even better at teaching leaders how to grow companies.
– Mike Reich, Founder/CEO
As a CEO it’s easy to get sucked into the weeds, and David helped me maintain the focus that is so crucial. He was also the only advisor to proclaim “your hair is on fire!” when it truly was.
– Zander Nosler, CEO Co-Founder Coffee Equipment Co (“Clover”) now SBUX