Powerful Relationship Training for Entrepreneurs

UNLOCK THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIP

Cofounder Dynamics is a 4-week virtual bootcamp for entrepreneurs who are ready to lead their companies to new heights.

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Developing the Human Dimension of Partnership

 

You have a vision. You want to build and lead a thriving company. But it takes more than technical know-how.

It takes human know-how.

The ability to collaborate. To navigate conflict. To inspire trust. To harness the skill, talent, and passion of your partnership to produce results.

We can help.

Cofounder Dynamics is a virtual training focused on helping entrepreneurial teams master the art of startup partnership, so they can focus on building a great business.

  • Strengthen Your PArtnership

  • GRow Your Impact

  • improve Your culture

  • expand YOur Network

TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK.

 

Companies with multiple cofounders outperform solo founders by 163%.

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But 65% of startups fail due to cofounder conflicts.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

 
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The state of partnerships today — business and personal — is rough. Too many fail. The ones that don’t are often mired in conflict.

There’s a reason for this. Our understanding of relationships needs an upgrade. Most advice is focused on techniques and strategies. Listen better. Manage your emotions. Communicate more. It all sounds sensible enough.

The problem is… people don’t work that way. In the thick of real life, even the best techniques go out the window, and we’re left with the raw experience of being human: bruised egos, unmet expectations, incompatible styles, divergent opinions, reactiveness and defensiveness, anger and mistrust, and more.

Left to their own devices, these dynamics consume energy, deplete morale, compromise performance, derail careers, and ultimately, threaten the business itself.

 

It’s Time For A New Approach.

 
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Dynamic, resilient partnerships do not come from techniques or strategies. They emerge naturally when people gain enough perspective to see beyond themselves to forge authentic connections. That is where the magic happens.

Cofounder Dynamics helps people gain that perspective through shared discovery of the fundamental elements that drive business partnerships and enable them to thrive.

 

How it works.

In a relaxed and conversational dialogue, we will explore some of the most common and difficult situations partners face every day.

 
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  • Compatibility. Our personalities are too different. Now what?

  • Performance. My partner isn’t doing enough. How do I deal with that?

  • Vision. What if we don’t see eye to eye on core issues, like the vision and strategy for the business?

  • Values. Sometimes, I don’t think we care about the same things. Is that a bad sign?

  • Work Styles. Can the business thrive if we struggle to collaborate?

  • Communication. I’ve tried communicating, but my partner won’t listen or gets defensiveness.

  • Criticism and Feedback. Every time we give feedback, it turns into an argument.

  • Equity and Fairness. I do most of the work but my partner gets most of the credit.

What Our Clients Say

Our facilitator draws on two decades of experience advising cofounders, entrepreneurs, and executive teams.

“Our working relationship with Francesco has been an incredible experience from the start. Francesco has stepped in as an advisor in critical moments, as a business consultant when needed, and most of all, a friend that I can always count on. I feel very fortunate to have the privilege of working with him.”

- Sebastian Elghanian, Cofounder & CEO, Joon.io

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Made for Busy Entrepreneurs

We built this program to work for you.

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Four 90-minute live webinars exploring the elements of successful partnerships and prevalent pitfalls to avoid along the way. Includes time for discussion and q&a.

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Weekly private one-on-one office hours with our lead facilitator providing individualized feedback on your specific circumstances, challenges or questions.

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A private discussion forum to connect with fellow entrepreneurs through the ups and downs of partnership and challenges and triumphs of building a company.

COURSE SCHEDULE

Live Webinars

Every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pacific

Weekly Office Hours

Every Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Pacific


Meet Our Team

Francesco Barbera

Course Facilitator

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Francesco Barbera is a startup attorney and advisor to numerous emerging growth companies as well as a teacher and facilitator trained and mentored by Dr. George Pransky, author of The Relationship Handbook and one of the world’s leading experts in relationships. 

He has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. After two decades of counseling entrepreneurs through complex interpersonal demands of partnerships and teams, Francesco developed Cofounder Dynamics to help cofounders create thriving partnerships as the foundation to successful businesses and organizations.


CHRIS JONES

HEAD OF OPERATIONS

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Chris Jones is a startup attorney and advisor who finds purpose helping companies and founders establish a strong foundations that enable them to grow, thrive and generate positive impact.

Chris also has experience inside two early-state companies. He cofounded a SaaS platform with three friends in 2015 and led Media and Public Relations teams for NLand, North America’s first inland surfing destination. NLand was acquired by the World Surf League in 2018.

Chris began his career as a political reporter and weekend anchor for a CBS affiliate in Iowa, where he covered the 2008 Iowa Caucuses and 2008 General Election. While in Iowa, Chris earned two Associated Press awards, two Emmy nominations and he was a member of a reporting team that won an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting in 2009.

Chris received his JD from Duke University and a BA in Communications from BYU.


 

FAQs

DOES MY PARTNER NEED TO PARTICIPATE?

No.  This program is designed as an individual educational experience. Partners are welcome to participate together but they are not required to do so.


WILL THIS PROGRAM REQUIRE SHARING PRIVATE OR PERSONAL INFORMATION?

No. Though the bootcamp offers plenty of opportunities for discussion, you do not need to disclose anything of a private nature.


IS THIS PROGRAM LIMITED TO A SPECIFIC TYPE OF COMPANY?

No. The course focuses on elements of partnership that apply in all types of businesses and organizations.


WILL THIS PROGRAM COVER LEGAL ASPECTS OF PARTNERSHIP, SUCH AS COFOUNDER AGREEMENTS OR EQUITY SPLITS?

No.  Although we regularly advise founders on such matters through our law firm, Cofounder Dynamics focuses on the interpersonal dimension of partnership.  In our experience, while partnership agreements are critical, strong interpersonal dynamics are the foundation of effective partnerships. 


WHY IS THIS PROGRAM FREE?

In our experience, most partners tend to avoid the issue of interpersonal dynamics until they are in crisis.  We want to change that.  Cofounder Dynamic is like preventative medicine for partnerships, and it is part of our mission to make it broadly accessible.  We also offer fee-based follow-on training and coaching for those who want to continue their learning or bring this material to their teams and organizations.

Still have questions?

Let’s schedule a time to talk and see if Cofounder Dynamics is a fit for you. We’re dedicated to giving cofounders and business partners the world’s most advanced relationship training.