Hi. My name is Daniel.
I serve as a consigliere* to intentional, growth minded entrepreneurs
who are looking
to level up.
*con·sig·li·e·re: a trusted, strategic partner and independent advisor valued for providing actionable insight and catalyzing results.

Thought Partnership
Entrepreneurship and leadership can be lonely pursuits, as I've often experienced, and my offering is designed to create space to zoom out and focus on strategy, achieving dependable escape velocity from the inevitable detritus of day to day management. I partner with entrepreneurs who are growth minded, ambitious, and self aware, to help them transition from defense to offense, to level up as leaders, to imbue their companies with unparalleled focus, and to ensure their approach to work is as sustainable as their business models.

My consigliere practice is rooted in meeting each entrepreneur where they are each step of the way, so every engagement is unique and dynamic until they've accomplished the goals that define our partnership. And when the mountain has been climbed, I take great satisfaction in being told that my services are no longer needed.
I partner with entrepreneurs to help them take their businesses from 0 to 1:
The principles guiding my practice:

1. Force Multiplier
If I'm not adding immense value, it's not sensible for either party.

2. Planned Obsolescence
I want to be fired when the mountain has been climbed.

3. Fun
If our partnership isn't fun, we're doing it wrong.

4. Horizontal Thinking for a Vertical World
Expertise is invaluable (& common). Perspective is rare (& valuable).
I'm deeply passionate about what is possible when creative problem solving is combined with a growth mindset, and I'm thrilled to have the privilege to partner with entrepreneurs to make that a regular part of their lives, and have a consequential influence on their trajectories as a result.

As a multiple-time founder, investor, former tech executive, and chief of staff, I've spent my (non-linear) career in the trenches with some of our time's most ambitious leaders and operators, and my consigliere practice is the most potent application of my accumulated knowledge and know-how. My own experiences (both the successes and failures) as an entrepreneurs mean that my partnership comes from a place of deep experience, with the accumulated data and rolodex at the ready.

Whether it's helping entrepreneurs prepare for their biggest moments, like an IPO, product launch, or Nobel Prize acceptance speech, or supporting them through the quiet dramas in between, like fundraising, personnel transitions, and business model pivots, I partner with entrepreneurs to help them get the job done well and harness every opportunity for growth.

I specialize in early stage entrepreneurs working to be the best version of themselves while growing their businesses because of, and despite, the pressures they face on a daily basis.

I am a humanist, an optimist, and a truth teller. I spend most of my time in the Hudson Valley with my extraordinary wife and adventurous dog. For proper nouns, my bio is available here.
Our business worked, but burnout was looming, our skills were under leveraged, and we knew more was possible. Over six months, Daniel helped us restructure how our leadership team operates—making the business more effective and sustainable. He's a gifted facilitator, with a strategic mind, and a deep understanding of the challenges faced by founders and Sr. Leaders.
— Alex Peck, CEO, Akimbo
As an executive at a high-growth, late-stage company, it's critical that I zoom out to see the big picture and zoom in to focus on what matters. Daniel is an invaluable partner in helping me to achieve this clarity and to level up as a leader. He helps me to see the things that matter, and focus my efforts to achieve real results—for myself, for those I manage, and for my company.
— Michal Rosenn, General Counsel, Noom
Few people are as curious, capable, and deeply committed to unlocking growth in other people and companies as Daniel. He is uniquely able to put his finger on the important things, routinely encouraging and challenging me in ways I would not have thought of myself or been able to alone. He is a gifted consigliere who has helped me catalyze major moments of career and personal growth. He has been an invaluable advisor for me as a founder, through my career transition, and as a product and design leader today.
— Alexi Surtees, VP of Product, WHOOP
My co-founder and I had reached the point where our runway was growing shorter and we were struggling to identify a path forward. Over multiple sprints Daniel helped us iterate on a new product and position and sell it to paying customers, bringing us significant revenue and focus. Daniel is an exceptional coach and strategist who is equally comfortable in market positioning, product strategy, and team dynamics.
— Ashkan Safaee, CEO, Astrid
Call Email me, maybe?