Daniil Brodovich, CEO of TalkToChef (Russia)

DaniilI’ve been involved in the first batch of startups, then visited most of second batch meetings (we could do that), and now occasionally visiting the space seeing training of other batches. I can say for sure that the program is evolving and improving each time. Steven as an ex-entrepreneur takes feedback very seriously and iterates till the best satisfaction of people who he is doing this for – entrepreneurs.

All of the instructors were entrepreneurs or work closely with them during their life, so have great first hand experience to share. At the same time, we had guest speakers coming every week who were either the experts in a particular field, either investors who were looking to share what they are looking for and learn more about Founders Space’s startups. There are no limits to learn if you are proactive enough and would like to follow up with instructors and guests anytime during the program or even after you graduate. This perfect synergy of in house support and a warm introduction to the outside entrepreneurial world makes the program so successful.

Outside of most other programs, where there is a strict week by week schedule with certain deliverables, Founders Space mentors are very flexible and they tailor their course around your particular needs. They help not like teachers, but more like consultants who want to maximize value for the time with them. The success of such approach results in a number of investments to startups which graduated from Founders Space. One of these startups was TalkToChef.com, which received its next round of financing right after graduation from Founders Space. Mentors, including Steve were very supportive, helping with valuable advice through the process of negotiation.

One of the unique advantages of the program in support of not only the current batch of startups, but also alumni. Even after you graduate you can always reach your mentors and use the coworking space if needed. I use the space relatively often when there is a need to stop for a few hours between meetings in the neighborhood. Since Founders Space conveniently located just next to the Caltrain station, what is pretty much between two worlds San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

PS: wasn’t sure where should I add it, but Steve Austin, an Instructor at Founders Space, is one of the most inspiring individuals and the best salesman I’ve ever met.

Daniil Brodovich
CEO of TalkToChef

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