Goal setting and milestones outline
Go-to-market strategy and execution
Fundraising strategy and execution
Investor pitch development and feedback
Hiring, firing and other people-related issues
Outsourced call center selection and collaboration
Outsourced development team creation and management
Outsourced marketing team creation and management
OKR implementation and management
Product development process management
User / problem / solution definition and riskiest assumption
Investment banker selection and relationship management
Destination Accelerator employs a 12-month customized program of 1:1 coaching/mentoring and strategy that keeps entrepreneurs focused and goal-oriented, and helps them make significant progress on their business; this enables them to overcome barriers, focus on critical issues, and chart a course for accelerated growth.
Our program requires two-four hours per week from the founders, however ALL of that time is spent in hands-on sessions focused on their business.
The Destination Accelerator management team has over 40 years of combined startup experience. We provide consistent, hands-on support to entrepreneurs to help them overcome barriers, and to mitigate risk, inherent in growing early stage ventures.
Your startup is about your principles, visions, and goals. This is what we put at the center of our work, helping you to fully optimize yourself and reach your potential. We do not provide universal solutions and do not simply transfer or transpose our experiences to your business. Your startup is unique, which means it requires unique solutions to which we will come together.
When we started our careers as entrepreneurs, we needed people who would listen and accept our ideas, doubts, and even fears without disparagement or criticism. This is the kind of people we will be for you.
We strongly believe that the more sincere you are with us, with your business partners, colleagues, employees, and with yourself, which is the most important, the more chances you have to be successful and achieve your goals.
We want to help you avoid some mistakes on the way of starting a business and we will share our experiences to inspire new ideas and solutions. But, we will never impose our past decisions on you and your business.
We will measure any assumptions, actions, results, successes, and failures using metrics that make the most sense for you. This approach will make every step to your destination significant, balanced and conscious.
There are no 100% good or bad ideas - that's why it's important to understand what works for your business. To do this, we will test your ideas, analyze their results, and make adjustments if necessary. Some of them will definitely become the basis of your success story.
The Accelerator team is deeply committed to the development of social ventures, and firmly believes that building a successful business and benefiting society go hand in hand.
“Having Greg as a coach has been an incredible experience and has provided a much-needed mental balance as a founder. Our conversations are more than just updates on wins and struggles - it's founder therapy. I feel like I can be open about my concerns as we brainstorm ways to solve problems. I always look forward to our bi-weekly meetings and highly recommend Greg to any early-stage entrepreneur.”
Paul Couston, CEO ascent integrated technologies
“The incredible coaching has helped me to prioritize and focus on the most important areas of my startup, to refine clear short-and long-term goals. And to always know that I am guided by excellent communication and commitment to help my startup thrive.”
Hannes Bend, Founder & CEO, Breathing.ai (2021 TechStars Portland graduate)
Greg has been part of my journey as a startup CEO from the very beginning. Not only was he one of our earliest angel checks, but his mentorship and guidance as a veteran entrepreneur was pivotal for me as a first time Founder. The value of talking to someone who's been in the trenches of fundraising, hiring & firing, entrepreneurial selling, co-founder disagreements, exit planning etc. cannot be overstated. For the past three years, Greg has helped us prioritize what's important and held us accountable to our goals. This undoubtedly maintained the forward trajectory of our company and accelerated my own growth as an executive."
Tom Xinyuan Zhang, Co-Founder & CEO, Zenblen
“Greg is a highly successful entrepreneur, with multiple great companies to his name. But that’s not what ultimately makes Greg a great fit for working with entrepreneurs. What makes him so effective is that he knows how to ask the right questions to help entrepreneurs know their stuff better than they think they do. Greg knows that every entrepreneur is unique. Greg doesn’t stay on the surface like advisors do — just talking tactics. Greg helps you get under your hood to help you work through the internal barriers that are keeping you from hitting your peak pursuits.”
James Lopata, Keynote Speaker on Transformational Coaching Cultures
“Flora was accepted into Destination's accelerator at a critical turning point: We were facing numerous challenges around product-market fit and financial runway, and we leaned on Destination's promise of hands-on coaching to guide us through. After a few months of working together, I can wholeheartedly say that the accelerator exceeded all of my expectations. Greg and Frits provide immense value with their decades of experience in founding and exiting companies, and their willingness to roll up their sleeves and jump into the business has been nothing short of a blessing. My advice for Founders: The coaching and fundraising connections that Destination provides is invaluable, and it is a program that gives out what you put in. Be clear in your expectations and goals for the program, and I promise you that Greg and Frits will do whatever it takes to help you succeed. I can't recommend them enough!”
Aabesh De, Founder/CEO of Flora
“Destination has exceeded my initial expectation, and our company has grown so much just in the two months of working together. Building a company is a hard and lonely road, and Greg and Frits are very hands-on in helping me and my team in all aspects, including goal setting, re-branding the whole company, go-to-market, and fundraising strategy & introductions. I look forward to my weekly coaching calls with Greg because I always gain a lot of clarity about the challenges that I'm facing. I recommend Destination to founders who want hands-on help and coaching in growing their business!”
Minette Yu, Founder & CEO of Lumi
“Working with Greg has been enjoyable, thought-provoking, and immeasurably beneficial. I always look forward to our calls where we discuss upcoming challenges, where help is needed, and new strategies for personal growth. Working at a start-up is difficult, to say the least, and having a coach like Greg in your corner who’s an experienced entrepreneur is an incredible confidence booster. Helping to bring expert assistance to some of my weaker areas, like long-term goal setting, personnel hiring, and interdisciplinary communication. I trust Greg to not only help with my professional development but also to keep me accountable. He’s been of great help and I can not recommend him enough.”
Connor McDermott, Nutritionist and Operations Manager, Zenblen
“I have found Greg Rublev and Frits Abell to be the most effective professional coaches/advisors that I have worked with during my career. In addition to bringing vast direct company leadership and business start-up experience, they approach coaching/advisory from a point of passion. Destination Accelerator holds CEOs to task and keeps you on point through patience and persistence. You will benefit greatly from everything that the team behind Destination Accelerator brings to the relationship.”
Greg Norton, President & CEO, Twisted Rope, Inc.