March 3, 2023

Upcoming: Coaching interviews!

Graduate Entrepreneur recently had the opportunity to interview three coaches who shared their insights on the power of coaching. We had a blast talking with them and learned a ton about what makes coaching such an essential tool for any startup.

First up was Merlin de Graaf, who emphasized the importance of finding the right co-founder in the early stages of building a company. She stressed that having a good match with your co-founder is crucial for long-term success. An entrepreneur can get assistance from a coach in determining the qualities they should look for in a co-founder and the potential traps to avoid.

Next, we spoke with Arjan Nataraj, who talked about the benefits of being able to pivot your initial strategy. He noted that it's important for startup founders to be open-minded and adaptable. A coach can help an entrepreneur recognize when it's time to pivot and develop a new strategy that better aligns with their goals.

Finally, we chatted with Mariet Schreurs, who highlighted the value of complementary co-founders. She explained that having complementary skills and personalities in a co-founding team can make all the difference in a startup's success. An entrepreneur can identify the talents and characteristics they need in a co-founder to build a great team with the aid of a coach.

All three coaches agreed that coaching is most effective when it is tailored to the individual entrepreneur's needs. They stressed that coaches should take the time to understand each founder's unique challenges and goals and develop a customized plan for success.

At the end of the day, coaching is about helping entrepreneurs be their best selves and achieve their full potential. It's not about telling them what to do or how to run their business but rather providing support, guidance, and tools to help them succeed.

We're thrilled to let you know that the interviews with our three amazing startup coaches will be hitting our social media accounts in no time! Special thanks to Merlin, Arjan, and Mariet.