Founder Coaching

Founder Coaching

As a startup founder, you are often thrust into the spotlight of business building and leadership without any prior training or experience. You must build the business from the ground up, whilst maintaining the overall strategy and vision, recruiting and retaining the best talent, and ensuring there is enough cash in the bank. It’s an unenviable but potentially highly rewarding role.

As your executive coach, I’ll have your back on your transitional journey, through business and personal growth, from founder to well-rounded CEO. My role is not to tell you what to do; you have plenty of people around you doing that. Instead, I’ll help you to synthesise information in order to arrive at your own judgements and solutions. I’ll add the benefit of my own experience if I believe it will add value and it’s appropriate to do so.

Contact me@richardhughesjones.com to explore working together. We’ll discuss what it is you want to get out of founder coaching, my approach, and rates (which vary according to your business’s stage).

Eduardo Gomez, Co-founder & CPO, Emitwise

Richard has enhanced my ability to reflect and solve the countless company-building challenges I’ve faced over the past year. He’s helped me identify frameworks for achieving the aggressive targets I set for myself and with Emitwise. Richard’s approach of asking evocative questions that empower me to think from first principles is deeply refreshing. It’s been a true pleasure working with Rich; I wouldn’t hesitate recommending him to other startup leaders on the lookout for executive coaching.

Tim Exile, Founder & CEO, Endlesss

Rich has absolutely nailed the coach-approach. My sessions with him are like thought dialysis. I come out the other side feeling clear and motivated.

Molly Goddard

Founder & Creative Director, Molly Goddard

Our regular meetings with Richard have been invaluable over the past year. He is super friendly, knowledgable and takes a genuine interest in our company. We’ve discussed overall growth strategy for the business, organisational design and how to build, manage and lead a team. Richard’s approach is refreshing because rather than telling us what to do, he guides us to our own conclusions. 

Stefan Manku, Founder, Talk to Stefan

As a solo founder, working with Richard has been vital to gaining clarity on what I’ve done, where I’m going and how I’ll get there. Instead of getting wrapped up in my own thoughts and worries, I’m able to talk them through with him.

I know enough people within the industries I’m in to get specific advice and knowledge—but there aren’t people who help me process all of my options and help me to move forward. That’s what Richard does incredibly well—he listens, reflects, asks questions and helps me formulate a plan, with suggestions where relevant. I’d highly recommend you work with him.

Cindy Liberman, Founder & CEO, Lara Intimates

Working with Richard has positively influenced my business and my leadership skills, and the experience has been more than I ever could have imagined a coach could provide. I will absolutely continue to work with him in the future. I highly recommend him as an executive coach to any prospective clients.

Sebastien Francois - Founder

Sebastien Francois, Founder & CEO, Induo

My sessions with Richard were very helpful and impactful for the company. Richard has a rare ability to coach individuals – and the sessions sometimes felt very personal – whilst always keeping the company best interest in mind. He truly helped me to embrace my role as a CEO.