WHO WE ARE.

 

 

Chris Heuer, the founder of Mentor Bureau, is an early internet entrepreneur who has developed network business models over the past several decades — from the local media play Virtual Community Network, to the global NGO Social Media Club, to the network agency AdHocnium, and now Mentor Bureau. Serving as one of the lead mentors in Google’s global Launchpad Accelerator, he realized smoothly accelerating startups in a way that also lifted up the founders was his true calling. He began working to figure out how to make a living doing it, working to bring more professionalism to the advisory work and more effective mentorship to startups. A true challenge in a world where all too often, startup mentorship is given freely at its relative expected value.

While the ‘micromentorpship’ provided by many accelerator programs is still valuable, the best advisory relationships are established over time, during regular ongoing engagements. Mentor Bureau is an experiment in motion, focused on trying to solve some of the larger problems of the startup game, creating a global support system for the next million entrepreneurs, enabling startups globally to find a path to #SmoothScaling.

Fortunately, Chris has been able to collaborate with some of the smartest startup founders, mentors and angels from around the world. Not necessarily the headline-grabbing CEO’s of unicorns, but the true professionals who have the wisdom and foresight to ask better questions and fully deliver on what they promise. Some of those amazing people are listed below along with current areas of expertise.

Adam Berk

Adam Berk

Expertise: Ethnographic Research, Market Segmentation, Problem Discovery and Interview Techniques, Product Management, Culture Alignment 

Rob Bertholf

Rob Bertholf

Expertise: Early-stage Startup Consulting, SaaS Software, eCommerce Architecture, Content Strategy, Technical Search Engine Optimization

Florian Brody

Florian Brody

Expertise: Product Strategies, International Strategies, EU Companies entering Silicon Valley, Branding, Design Strategies

Elisa Camahort

Elisa Camahort

Expertise: Marketing, Content Strategy, Social Community Strategy

Shannon Clark

Shannon Clark

Expertise: Business Model Design, Product Management, Project Management, Partnership Development, Facilitation

David Dibble

David Dibble

Expertise: Business Optimization Tools, Systems Thinking, Systems-Based Leader/Manager Training, Mindfulness Training, Executive Coaching

Angel Djambazov

Angel Djambazov

Expertise: SEM/SEO, Paid Social, Affiliate Marketing, Mobile Marketing, Funnel Optimization

Mark Drapeau

Mark Drapeau

Expertise: Custom Research, Scenarios, Business Strategy, Content, Networking

Mark Finnern

Mark Finnern

Expertise: Innovation Consulting, Thriving Community Development, Collaboration Design

Janet Fouts

Janet Fouts

Expertise: Leadership Coach, Resilience, Mindful Social Marketing, Executive Coach 

Steve Franzese

Steve Franzese

Expertise: Go-To-Market Strategy, Messaging, Executive Coaching 

Chris Heuer

Chris Heuer

Expertise: Ecosystem Thinking, Customer Experience Design, Engagement Strategy, Product Development, Team Coaching

Barry Hurd

Barry Hurd

Expertise: Data Innovation, Cyber Security, Audience Analysis, Digital Funnels

Bill Jensen

Bill Jensen

Expertise: Organizational transformation projects with an emphasis on simplicity

Bill Johnston

Bill Johnston

Expertise: Online Community Development, Community Strategy Development, UX, Analytics, Ecosystem Development 

Heislyc Loh

Heislyc Loh

Expertise: Customer Research, Idea Validation, Community Building, MVP Building, Founder Coaching  

Theresa Marcroft

Theresa Marcroft

Expertise: Marketing Strategy, Messaging, Competitive Positioning, Go-to-Market Planning, Coaching  

Neeraj Mathur

Neeraj Mathur

Expertise: Product Management, User Experience, Product Marketing, General Management, Organization Design 

Michael Jay Moon

Michael Moon

Expertise: Startup OKRs, Lightweight Cultures, Position Agreements, Multi-Sided Markets, Healthcare

Calley Nye

Calley Nye

Expertise: Growth strategy, User Experience, Community growth, Diversity and Inclusion Practices, CEO coaching

Victoria Petersen

Victoria Petersen

Expertise: Project Management, Brand Management, Design Advisory, Marketing, Event Management

Mitch Ratcliffe

Mitch Ratcliffe

Expertise: Systems Analysis, Pitch and Funding Preparation, Design and Development Logjam Breaking, Content and Storytelling

Chris Saad

Chris Saad

Expertise: Platforms, Developer Community, Product, Strategy, Team Development, Business Model Development

Ben Sykes

Ben Sykes

Expertise: User Experience, Product Design 

Todd Tate

Todd Tate

Expertise: Business Development, Product Development, Operations Management, Sales Leadership, Fund Raising  

Matthew Weeks

Matthew Weeks

Expertise: Product-Market Fit, Growth Hacking, Board Management, Company Visioning, Fundraising 

Myles Weissleder

Myles Weissleder

Expertise: Event Architecture, Management & Production, Online and Offline Marketing, Public and Media Relations, Vendor Management

Kristie Wells

Kristie Wells

Expertise: Content Marketing, Community Development, Engagement Strategy, Influencer Relations, Partner Relations

Do you want more startup expertise on your team?

 

Mentor Bureau is a group of professional mentors who you can rely on for the right questions to lead to the right direction for your startup.Whether you are outside one of the startup epicenters or right in the heart of one, we invite you to consider working with Mentor Bureau to complement your existing team and accelerate your startup’s growth.

Since we are more of an accelerant instead of an Accelerator, we don’t have a standard schedule or calendar to follow. Instead, we offer the right advice for right where you are and right where you want to go. As a new startup ourselves, we follow our own advice, and will only be taking on eight (8) startups to join our first Startup Circle.

To get started, we offer a free assessment to qualifying startups. Should we both determine that Mentor Bureau has the right experience and the right talents for your specific needs, we will determine our planned areas of focus and begin working together.

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