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We set up VC Talent Lab to put leadership development at the heart of the VC ecosystem and to support founders to:

  • Scale their leadership capabilities to match the demands of a rapidly growing business
     

  • Develop high-performing teams
     

  • Build thriving cultures and companies
     

  • Optimise their leadership performance
     

  • Support stressed and stretched
    leadership teams

The Founder's Survival Guide

By Rachel Turner
Co-founder and Principal of VC Talent Lab

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Founders tell us they often face significant challenges:

  • Managing personalities, performance and conflict
     

  • Shifting from Doer-in-Chief to Manager to Leader
     

  • Driving high-performance from their teams
     

  • Managing stress and burn-out
     

  • Dealing with disharmony among team members and/or investors

The damage these problems cause to founders, investors, teams and performance is obvious.

 

Yet these are problems which can, in many cases, be solved by expert, early-stage, intervention.

This is backed up by a recent post-mortem analysis of VC-backed failures which showed that five of the top 20 reasons for failure were solvable problems of human capital:

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Team performance

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Loss of focus

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Burn out

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Disharmony among team / investors

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Lack of passion

Source: CBInsights.com

How We Work

Effective founder and scale-up coaching requires a different set of skills and language than traditional executive coaching. Our team comprises practitioners who combine high levels of coaching expertise with lived experience in the start-up, scale-up and investment worlds. We understand how founders and their stakeholders think and we work with them in a way they understand and value.

Our approach is bespoke to the needs of each organisation and may include elements of our most popular programs:

"VCTL were recommended to us by Accel, and we brought in coaching to help us as we scaled the business after our series B. Rachel is a trusted sounding board for my team and me, someone we talk to about personal or business issues right through to the challenge of hyperscaling the business. The impact of our work with Rachel/VC Talent Lab has been huge."

— STEPHEN MURPHY, FOUNDER, GENESIS GLOBAL

THE FOUNDER LAB

The Founder Lab is a 1-month intensive leadership development hack. If you want to understand what your growing business needs from you as a founder, read on. 

THE FOUNDER SCALE PROGRAM

The Founder Scale program is a 7-month results-driven development program for founders with ambitious goals. This may be for you if you need to scale your leadership as you scale your business.

THE TEAM SCALE PROGRAM

Team scale is a highly-effective 5-month team development program that delivers results fast. If you need to fast-track the forming, storming, and norming process, read on.

COACH-IN-RESIDENCE

With a VCTL coach in residence, you have immediate access to support from a highly-experienced coach who understands your business.

CUSTOM PROGRAMS

Our custom programs support scale-up businesses with a matrix of needs and aspirations.

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"Kevin has been a cornerstone resource in helping me understand myself and develop my ‘way’. He has supported every key strategic partnership and hire point in the past several years."

— JAMES FORBES, FOUNDER, ASIL