The Founder Coach
I’m a trained psychotherapist who’s supported thousands of the world’s best startup founders as Y Combinator’s first and only founder coach.
If you’re a founder looking to scale yourself, I can help.
Trained at Y Combinator
I’ve worked with thousands of startup founders as Y Combinator’s Batch Director and in-house coach. I know what’s normal (and what isn’t) about starting a startup and I use this context to guide my clients.
Many coaches are certified in a weekend. I have a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Wright Institute and have provided over 3,000 hours of psychotherapy to clients under the supervision of a licensed professional.
The Difference Between Coaching and Therapy
It’s no longer a secret that running a startup is emotionally excruciating. While it may have been anathema for a…
Founder Fear and COVID-19
In the last two weeks, I’ve spoken with nearly 50 founders about how they’re feeling about COVID-19. I thought it…
There's simply no way to be a good CEO without first understanding yourself. And to really understand yourself, you need a way to regularly process your feelings, reactions, and thoughts. Amy provides that accountability.
Jonah Greenberger, CEO, Bright (YC W15)
Looking back on the past 2+ years, Amy's founder communication workshops at YC were extremely valuable and it's now clear to me how important founder communication skills are to running a successful company. The importance of founder communication cannot be overstated.
George Tall, CEO, lvl5 (YC W17)
Not only is Amy a trained professional, she is profoundly clued into startup relationship dynamics as former Batch Director for YC. Two years in, we still use communication tools she equipped us with during one single presentation at the beginning of YC.
Ed Cibor, CMO, Forever Labs (YC S17)
I now see my life as existing in two halves: Pre-Amy’s workshop, and Post-Amy’s workshop.
Michael Seibel, CEO of Y Combinator
Amy's talk on founder communication contained one of the top 4 unexpected lessons for us during YC. We learned that it’s easy to mistake the quantity of conversation with the quality of conversation. Very often the most important things remain unsaid and relationship debt accumulates.
Daryna Kulya, CEO, OpenPhone (YC S18)