What I believe:
In the fall of 2014, my co-founders and I raised a Series-A from top investors. Shortly after, we double our team size and at the same time, I experienced burnout for the first time as a founder.
Our company was a success, but in the process of building it, I failed do the necessary work to manage my health and emotions.
As I talked to other founders, I realized I was not alone. Managing companies through rapid change is hard. It requires being deeply self-aware of your strengths, weaknesses, and evolving professional motivations.
Years after we sold Looksharp, I stepped into what I had known for a long time, my strength and passion is not for one product, but for helping individuals learn to be the most authentic and effective version of themselves. That year, I got certified as an executive coach and now work with a number of the top early-stage founders in the US and abroad.
So what do I believe? I believe that leadership looks different for everyone. I believe that your work should be deeply fulfilling. And I believe that with proper awareness and action you can find your own path towards these goals.
Founder Looksharp. Raised over $12 million in funding, grew to 25+ employees, managed marketing team, successful exit.
Coached and advised 30+ successful founders with a total of over $300 million in VC capital raised.
Speak at startup accelerators including 500 Startups, Kapor Capital, Founders Network, and more on topic of “Difficult Conversations”
Certified in coaching by CTI, trained in Enneagram and co-founder meditation
Nathan's coaching helped me develop leadership skills that changed the trajectory of our startup, as well as repair my relationship with one of my co-founders.
-Dhaval Bhatt, Founder, Scribbler
Nathan is by far, the best business coach and leader support system I have ever worked with. He is able to separate messy internal situations into structured action plans, and is incredibly emotionally in touch.
-Kelly Samuels, Director, Qode Social
Nathan has made me realize what a fantastic coach is—it’s someone who is able to push me in the direction that I know is right, but that I've been holding myself back from achieving. Nathan has a unique ability to see what is possible in me and find the ways to make these goals a reality. Working with Nathan has been a game-changer in my personal and professional life.
-Phil Levine, CEO, Golden Gate Recruits
My coaching pulls from a variety of schools including Co-Active coaching, conscious coaching, and the Enneagram. My work includes:
360 reviews to identify your strengths and weaknesses
Exploring and developing emotional intelligence (EQ)
Using the Enneagram as a tool for self-reflection
I work with a variety of founders to better navigate challenging co-founder exits as well as founder conflict resolution
Spent 7 years as a co-founder through multiple company-wide changes include hyper-growth, down-sizing, co-founder exits, and an eventual exit
Trained in nonviolent communication and mediation techniques
Coached and advised 30+ founders and mediated numerous co-founder conflicts
I have developed a custom 360-review process to help individual leaders and broader senior leadership teams to discover their strengths and weaknesses as well as develop an action plan to grow towards these insights.
I currently speak at accelerator companies and startups around the US and abroad on the topic of “How to Have Difficult Conversations.”
The Sharpend Approach:
Growth happens in a trusting environment, outside your comfort zone. My coaching focuses on four pillars:
EQ. Exceptional leaders must learn exceptional EQ (self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation and empathy).
Systems Thinking. Your results at work are an output of your intrapersonal health and interpersonal health.
Awareness. I use tools including 360-reviews, the Enneagram, and more to grow self-awareness.
Action. Ultimately, my coaching guides clients to action, which becomes fuel for continued learning and growth.