5 Tips for Finding a Great Advisor for Your Startup

Advisors are necessary if you wish to build a truly global organization.

Startup Genome has just released a new study showing that businesses with mentors are seven times more likely to raise money and have 3.5x higher user growth than startups that don’t explicitly seek their help.

It’s not an investor, mentor, coach, lawyer, accountant, or lawyer. It is someone with experience in building companies similar to yours. A startup advisor is a valuable resource to help you set up your company, raise funds or replicate your business ideas for profitable growth.

We are a Russian-born company that is expanding globally. We have top international advisors that help us grow our business (Chris Adelsbach as Founding Partner of Outrun Ventures; Dutta Sadip as Global Head for Customer Success at Pinterest; and Joel Wishkovsky, founder of Simple Health). Here are few venture.

The right hire is someone who has an actual interest in your company.

Kajabi, an American knowledge commerce platform, recently surveyed 1,000 entrepreneurs. It found that business owners are motivated by meeting the needs of their community (53%) and being passionate about their work (43%).

Your potential advisor should also be excited about what your passion projects can accomplish.

While the aide should be truthful in pointing out any shortcomings, they must still believe in your product.

The advisor should have the same view of your idea as you do. Before discussing terms and equity, your advisor should be available to help. If an advisor is genuinely interested, they will be thinking of your company, keeping in contact, and sending information. Please get in touch with us.

Although you can negotiate a share of the company the advisor will get for their work, you should still be interested in the amount you receive. This is not greedy or a desire to get the most out of you, but a genuine interest in contributing to your overall success. If the expert mentions “we” in discussing your future, this is likely a good sign.

Discussion of working conditions

You mustn’t confuse the concepts of mentor, consultant, advisor.

A mentor is someone interested in your work and willing to contact you once a month to discuss contacts. This does NOT imply constant involvement and feedback.

A consultant is someone who can provide the expert knowledge you need at any given moment. They are paid an hourly fee to perform a particular type of work.

An advisor is an active member of your movement who is available to help you and your team on a regular basis. It is a long-lasting relationship built on consistent engagement. Additionally, this type of aide may have a stake in the company and end up becoming your partner.

Avoid people who want cash in the first stage but are open to discussing equity later. This is a terrible sign. Such people are known as cashiers.

Negotiating terms Advisors often want to own a piece of their decision.

Startups often share almost all stakes if they have been helped. Potential (and sometimes bad) advisors may want to buy 5% of the company. Think about the best-case scenario over three years. Now think about what equity would be granted to advisors in such a scenario.

The share that an aide receives is usually higher the sooner they join the company. It is not common for you to give them more than 0.2%-1% equity in a company.

The Founder Institute has developed the FAST Agreement (Founder Advisor Standard Template). Tens and thousands of entrepreneurs use this agreement to determine terms and costs when a company hires a guy or gal.

Remember that advisors’ shares must be vested and have the same cliff as any other team member.

To offer equity, or not to offer equity person receiving shares in your business is more than a payment. It’s a sign that they believe in the company. It is also a sign that the person believes in your company. It is a sign that the advisor has agreed not to leave you alone for the long term.

Agreeing to their advising

It is essential to amend them to keep them current regularly.

It is crucial to explain what you did and how you did it. This will enable them to examine your work and give you advice.

You can only receive maximum help if you are open to receiving it. You don’t need to dwell on your achievements; you should clearly explain the parts that you don’t fully understand. It would help if you had expertise that is easily understood.

When you ask for an intro, create a table with names, funds, companies, and why you require it. This table can be filled out immediately by advisors to don’t have the same task with the same person. By connecting potential aides with LinkedIn contacts, you can speed up their work.

Ask few questions as you can while allowing advisors to ask the same amount. My go-to: “Is it something I should’ve asked you but didn’t?” This often leads to the most valuable answers.

The most talented of the bunch possess skills that you don’t.

You can send your product or its prototype to your potential advisor.

Ask the candidate for their opinion and to share it. Don’t let them stomp on your ego. Instead, they should point out any weaknesses in the mission. Talk to those who will not be snare but who are hardworking. They will be the ones that you need most.

Your advisor’s telephone book should be slightly different than yours but eventually becomes yours.

In addition to the contacts you already have made, discuss the possibilities you haven’t and determine if the advisor’s opinion is consistent with those you trust. Ask the advisor about finding a provider. Advisors who are qualified will not think twice. A shortlist of trusted contacts should be at the advisor’s fingertips.

The best indicator is a potential hire who offers to be an intro person without you asking before formalizing your relationship. It is a good sign that they care about your work and are willing or able to do the extra work, regardless of any compensation.

Be brutally honest

The first meeting should last at least an hour.

Guy Kawasaki has put together a list with questions you might be able to offer your perspectives. Be aware that you’re choosing not just a professional but also someone who is a person. This is why it’s essential to have a great fit with your potential aide.

Your decisions are final. A professional A-List aide won’t be offended if your actions don’t match their recommendations. The best hire knows who is in control. You can help them. Make sure you plan the schedule for your meetings well in advance.

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Samatha Vale
Samatha a senior writer for HC's entertainment team. She is an entreprenuer, mother and an excellent writer. She's also an avid reader, music enthusiast and all around inquisitive person - which is just a nice way of saying she's nosy.

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