Whether you are trying to make a better budget or convince a VC that your growth plans are reasonable, most major decisions that make or break your company will be based on models.Our principals have built models that successfully raised angel and VC funding, led to exits, turned around companies, discovered new pricing models, and helped CEOs sleep at night.Our experience provides best practices from other companies, benchmarks from your industry, and a key understanding of what different audiences – boards, investors, department heads, and CEOs – need to see.An objective expert can help you see things that internal employees cannot.
Growing pains are the champagne of problems.And like champagne, after the celebrating ends the headache begins.Rapid growth is painful, complicated, and comes with real tradeoffs that if not managed well can severely damage your company.If you think the processes, systems, people, and management tools that work well at 15 or 25 people will work at 75 or 100, think again.At Upward, our Principals have led companies from founding to funding to acquisition and know how key growth milestones fundamentally change how your company, systems, and culture function.You have to grow, but you don’t have to suffer through it.
Upward Partners provides experienced business operators to assist with the leadership of your company when you need it most.Whether you need an extra set of qualified hands, short term coverage during a special project or unplanned absence, or a fresh set of eyes to figure out an intractable problem, we can help. We started Upward Partners to remove the business obstacles in the way of founders and executives focused on achieving their vision during periods of rapid change and from coaching to management consulting to turnarounds, we will work onsite, by your side, until the job is done.
Taking on Angels, VCs, Lines of Credit, or Asset-based lending comes with both substantial and enduring challenges.Whether you are in formation stage or rapid growth stage we can help you assess your readiness for funding and work with you throughout the entire process. Upward Partners has helped companies prepare for, obtain and use funding from nearly all types of sources. We have also helped companies run more efficiently and discover they don’t need external funding after all, which for some can be the most rewarding option.
Software implementations are high risk, high reward projects that will bore most people to… see, did we lose you already? It may not be sexy but if your accounting or forecast system isn’t working well neither is your business. And like your phone, if your systems are more than 2 years old they are likely obsolete. Our Principals have experience leading development teams, implementing boring but highly critical systems, and turning your least heralded software into your favorite management tool. We might even make them fun to talk about (briefly).