Startup mentors in San Diego

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David Kelly

General Manager
Your idea is validated. You recently received some investor Seed or Series A funding... but the "oh $%*&" reality sets in. Don't sweat! I can help. I've helped 100+ entrepreneurs grow their business — easier and faster. I'll share the same methods I used to grow our SaaS biz from $0 to $3 million.

Jason Amunwa

Product management, growth, & data analysis expert
I'm an experienced B2C & B2B SaaS product leader; with 10 product launches, 3 acquisitions, and 13 years of marketing under my belt. I specialize in analytics, UX, product strategy, & helping you find quick, easy growth opportunities for your business.

Vidya Dinamani

CPO @ lash.live | Product Coach @ ProductRebels | Partner at Ad Astra Ventures
I've coached product teams all over the world, from startup to Fortune50. I have had executive roles leading product, customer experience and design in leading companies such as Intuit. I love helping founders and product leaders rapidly getting to product-market fit.
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Corey Haines

SaaS Growth Marketer
My mission is to help SaaS companies with marketing to drive real, sustainable growth. I specialize in early-stage traction, finding and establishing growth channels, content marketing, customer research, positioning, messaging, and copywriting.

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Step 1. Browse mentors

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Step 2. Send session request

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Step 3. Get on 1:1 call

Time for the call, yay! Make sure you show up on time and prepared to make the most out of it. Pro tip: Ask your mentor if it’s ok to record the screen so you can take notes later.

San Diego Startup Ecosystem

San Diego’s status as a place for tech innovation can be traced back to the founding of Qualcomm in the 1980s. The wireless technology company still has its HQ in San Diego and is one of the city’s top employers. 

The city is a top 5 startup hub in North America, with the tech sector seeing huge growth in the last few years. All the big tech firms have offices in San Diego, contributing to its rapid growth as a startup hub. 

Life Sciences, Cleantech, and AI startups contribute most to the investment received in by San Diego startups. The city has over one hundred Artificial Intelligence companies that provide AI solutions for several industries. The San Diego-based self-driving truck company TuSimple received more than $1 billion in VC funding.  

The start of the burgeoning startup community in San Diego can be attributed to a grass routes group of entrepreneurs who got together to found the Startup San Diego community in 2012. Meetups now have up to 4,000 attendees who share ideas and opportunities for collaboration. 

There’s a robust digital marketing community in San Diego which is a great enabler to getting new business names out there. The San Diego Tech Hub is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting digital marketers to founders. 

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GrowthMentor was built upon the idea that every situation is unique, so generic courses and blog posts just don’t cut it sometimes.

To actually solve your issue you need to connect with someone who’s “been there done that” and have a back-and-forth conversation about the particular roadblock you are facing at this very moment.

Here are some tips.

  • Come into this with realistic expectations. They’re mentors, not magicians.
  • Ask your mentor if they’d be ok with you recording your screen with Loom
  • Give contextual information to help paint the picture of your current situation.
  • Growth mentors will be asking you lots of questions, answer them as openly as possible.
  • Don’t be afraid to push the boundaries of question-asking.
  • Be inquisitive. Stories are gold.
  • Don’t feel pressure, just relax.
  • Try to form mental patterns, especially if you speak with multiple mentors.
  • Embrace alternative views. Ask the mentors to challenge your assumptions.
  • Be friendly. If you’re likable, the mentors will be your biggest supporters (even after the call is over).

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