An organization is only as good as its plan, its people, and its execution. Upward Partners can provide objective assessments and strategic design based on our experiences with many other companies undergoing change, helping you avoid common pitfalls and implement best practices. It takes more than a facilitated retreat to enact lasing change. We can help you change obstacles in your operational systems, business models, and culture that need to be different to support your new direction.
Upward Partners provides experienced executives to assist with the leadership of your organization 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 obstacles in the way of founders and executives focused on achieving their vision. From coaching to turnarounds, we will work onsite, by your side, until the job is done.
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 organization. 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 organizations from founding to funding to acquisition and know how key growth milestones fundamentally change how your company, systems, and people function. You have to grow, but you don’t have to suffer through it.
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. We 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.
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.