I’M Gv FREEMAN

Startup coach, author, speaker & facilitator.

Having an idea is the easy part.  I can help with the rest. 

Startup Coaching

Launching and running a startup is operationally and emotionally challenging – especially without understanding and support. Working 1-on-1 and with co-founder teams,  I help startups create a map to achieve both success in business and fulfillment in life. Your dreams (and your business) are limited only by your thinking.

Startup Launch Program

The Product Founder’s Journey is a one-of-a-kind online coaching program built specifically for early-stage and pre-revenue founders. that includes 1:1 coaching, a proven launch curriculum, and an online founder community. This program is designed to help founders raise funding, get into an accelerator, develop their own product…or all three!

Startup Launch Program

A specialized and proven program built for early stage founders that combines 1:1 & group coaching, a proven curriculum, and an online community.

1:1 Founder Coaching

Whether you’re just starting out of making $1M in ARR, every captain needs an experienced co-pilot. Someone to provide both strategic advice and be your self-care advocate.

Founder Masterminds

Founding and running a company is a lonely and confusing process. Being with founders all working through the same problems you are can be an amazing experience. 

Consulting

I help companies solve strategy, process, and alignment problems across their product, marketing & sales departments using strategic planning or fractional CMO/CPO services.

Speaking & Workshops

Not many circuit speakers can talk to a group of developers about self-care. From a 45 minute keynote to a 2 day workshop, I would be honored to work with your group.

Gv’s workshop was fantastic! Not only did it help our founders, but it came at just the right time for me as well. The workshop was incredibly informative and interactive. There’s not many people who can deliver this type of content to a group of highly technical founders but Gv’s understanding of both technical and self-care elements makes this very pertinent to a community that desperately needs more compassion and self-care.

Justine Marchand, Program Manager

In the Startup Bootcamp we organized at TechHub Bucharest, we needed someone that could introduce first-time founders to what building a tech startup is all about. Gv not only achieved this in a 1-day workshop (I mean really, how do you condense all the knowledge you need to be aware of when starting a company…), but he did it in a way that demonstrated he has extensive startup experience and that he is a master trainer.

Liviu Cadariu, Event Manager 

“Burnout” is one of the most important and fundamental issues affecting startup founders and company employees today, yet it is not spoken about enough.  It’s rare to work with someone who consciously accepted the same radical challenges as you, and thus deeply understands your motivation, whilst also looking out for you to ensure that you didn’t get more than you bargained for.

Jonathan Allen, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, EQ

What stage of the journey are you in?

I want to build something but don’t know where to start. 

Launching your first startup can feel incredibly overwhelming. There are millions of articles and hundreds of hacks but none of them are in order and no one is willing to take the time to understand your idea. If you’re in this stage, I can help with 1:1 coaching, group coaching, and the Product Founder’s Journey curriculum. If you’re ready let’s go on the journey together.  

I’m making money but my business
needs help. 

For the past 20 years I’ve been helping companies with strategy, process and alignment for marketing, sales, and product development. When these three departments are not full aligned revenue decreases and expenses increase. If you’re in this stage, I can help with 1:1 coaching, cross-department consulting, as well as intensive workshops that produce immediate takeaways.

I built what I thought I wanted but now I’m
still unhappy. 

Look up the definition of the the “American Dream” and see if it includes the word “happiness.” Many of us strive for and achieve the highest levels of income and power only to find that once we’ve got it there’s still something missing. If this is where you’re at then let’s have a heart-to-heart chat about building some joy into the company you’ve worked so hard to build. 

Latest Blog Entries

80% Operations

20% Self-Care

#stopcrushingit

The limits of your business are bound by the limits of you! For too long the tech and entrepreneurial ecosystems have thrived on the idea that founders have to “crush it”, “kill it” and have a “side hustle for their side hustle.” I won’t argue that starting a business is hard and it’s going to take more than 40 hours a week to change the world but these industry tropes are dangerous. Research shows that entrepreneurs are 10x more likely to develop bi-polar disorder, 6x more likely to develop ADHD, and 2x more likely to have suicidal thoughts. Is that a good enough reason to stop crushing it? 

The antidote I use for these challenges is the 80:20 rule. This ratio has become the foundation for both my personal practice, my program, and the bulk of my coaching and workshops. Some days we may spend 80% of our time focused on your personal well-being because that’s what you need. Other days that 80% may how to make your business grow. In the end it’s your time and I’m here to support you.

You’re perfect and you’re right on time!

About Gv

With over 20 years’ experience living at the center of a product, marketing, sales, & self-care Venn diagram, Gv is returning to his true passions—coaching, education, and service. Gv currently serves as a founder, a mentor, and a turn-around expert. He frequently consults with software and professional service companies to better align their marketing, sales, and product development processes. After years of studying the most important success factors and failures of the companies he advses, he authored the Product Founder‘s Journey Framework — a systematized and streamlined approach to quickly validate an idea, launch, and operating a tech startup.

After discovering Yoga in 2012 and becoming a certified teacher in 2013, Gv has devoted significant study to many spiritual and self-care disciplines. By incorporating these techniques, practices, and traditions into his work, he often blurs the line between business and mindfulness in an effort to promote healthy, well-balanced leadership.

Gv created the Product Founder’s Journey and Software Field Manual to empower new founders to launch startups in a healthy way. He believes that if self-care can become a core value of the founder then it can also become central to a company’s culture.

What Really Matters

Ciprian Borodescu, MorphL

“I met Gv back in 2016 while going through a startup accelerator in St. Louis, Missouri and I did not expect the journey that followed.

Gv became a mentor for my entrepreneurial journey ever since and a trusted advisor at my newest venture, MorphL. Gv takes time out of his schedule to meet with me and give extremely helpful advice on steps to take and things to look for. He has a positive outlook on life and encourages me to put things into perspective. It’s a relief to have someone in my corner who went through highs and lows of his own and can be a huge source of inspiration for me and my team.

I’m humbled and honored to have Gv by my side as a mentor, advisor and friend.”

Let’s Bring Your Idea To Life!

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