From Firecracker Founder to Superpowered CEO

Learn how to artfully master the inevitable transition from founder to CEO that comes as your company grows.

Patrick Ewers (Founder & CEO at Mindmaven)
Connor Drake (Senior Coach at Mindmaven)
Chalyse Elsasser (Senior Coach at Mindmaven)

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Patrick Ewers (Founder & CEO at Mindmaven), Connor Drake (Senior Coach at Mindmaven), Chalyse Elsasser (Senior Coach at Mindmaven)

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There comes a time when every founder needs to become more than a doer-in-chief. Learn how to transition from scrambling founder, barely keeping your head above water, to Superpowered CEO, driving those things that will have the biggest impact on your company.

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        The context and action steps this course provided has changed my entire workflow in less than a month. I'm a better leader and a more productive individual with these applied learnings. If you want to take your productivity & leadership skills to new heights, this is a course you've gotta get into.
Everett Graves
Everett Graves
CEO, Buyr.com
        I always go into reading a book or taking a course thinking, "If I can get just one really good nugget, it'll be worth it." But I got SEVERAL really great nuggets—those are worth significantly more than I paid for the course.
Andrew Filar
Andrew Filar
CEO, Ted Todd Insurance Inc | Allstate
        I can't recommend this course enough. highly actionable + tactical advice to become a more intentional founder / CEO. I'm 3 weeks out from completing the class and there's been a noticeable change in how effective and focused I feel in my work. Patrick and his team are awesome.
Abhinav Kapur
Abhinav Kapur
CEO, Bikky Inc.
        The course was helpful because it provides actionable information you can put in practice from day one. It also covers very small things you can start doing to have a large influence on your relationships.
Wes Kendall
Wes Kendall
Founder, Rich
        The cohort taught succinct, actionable, and impactful lessons. Interaction with my cohort and instructor provided the nuance and accountability needed to make the lessons stick and actually increase my productivity.
Jorge Fuentes
Jorge Fuentes
Co-Founder, Slingshow (yc w20)
        This course gave me clarity on how to get the results I want as a leader.
93% of the Launch Cohort
93% of the Launch Cohort
According to Exit Poll
        Thanks to Mindmaven’s tactics like voice dictations, meeting debriefs, and inbox shadowing, I’ve freed up at least 10 hours in my week.
Noah Glass
Noah Glass
Founder and CEO, Olo
        Mindmaven brought me more predictable days, less stress, and stronger relationships. The depth they operate at when teaching how to connect more deeply with others is simply profound.
Steve Huffman
Steve Huffman
CEO, Reddit
        Since engaging with Mindmaven, I work a third to half as much as I did prior to working with you guys and bringing in our EA. But my output is at least 3x. I actually have the space to think again!
Elias Rubel
Elias Rubel
CEO, Matter Made
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Who is this course for

01

Startup CEOs

You "never have enough time" to become the proactive leader your company needs.

02

Founder and Co-Founders

Velocity is your competitive advantage, but you’re worried about becoming a bottleneck and slowing growth.

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Relationship-Driven Entrepreneurs

You want to build something that makes a difference in the world, without sacrificing what matters most.

Topics covered

Learn How to Save 8+ Hours/Week

by fundamentally changing how to hire and work with an executive assistant.


Become a Proactive Leader

Identify the projects that produce the biggest results and drive them!


Generate Mind-blowing Opportunities

That you usually leave up to serendipity—by fully leveraging your network.

Enjoy Consistent Blocks of Uninterrupted Time

That give you the spaciousness to do your best deep thinking work

Learn How to Interview for a Rockstar EA

so you don't waste months with your throughput clogged to the breaking point!

Experience the benefits of deep, fulfilling relationships

Lower stress, less sacrifice, and better mental health.

Meet your instructors

Patrick Ewers (Founder & CEO at Mindmaven)
Patrick Ewers (Founder & CEO at Mindmaven)

Patrick Ewers is the founder and CEO of Mindmaven, an executive coaching firm that's spent the last decade working with 100's of leaders, including unicorns like Thumbtack, Reddit, and Roblox, as well as heavy hitters such as Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark, and First Round Capital. The idea for Mindmaven was born during a 10-day silent meditation retreat at a Buddhist monastery in Thailand that Patrick attended while on a 10-month trek through the continents bordering the Pacific (ask him about it!). Patrick's work is centered on helping leaders feel more alive and energized by the work that they do, and empowering them to create feedback loops that promote happiness and fulfillment in their lives.

Connor Drake (Senior Coach at Mindmaven)
Connor Drake (Senior Coach at Mindmaven)

Connor Drake is a Senior Coach at Mindmaven where he helps leaders master the superpowers of Leverage, Intent, and Fellowship to free up 8+ hours a day, invest that time into things that move the needle most, and better leverage relationships.


He's had the privilege of coaching many leaders, including the Global Chairman of YPO and a top Medtronic executive who manages a division of 5,000 people, in addition to a number of C-level executives, founders, CEOs, and VCs.

Chalyse Elsasser (Senior Coach at Mindmaven)
Chalyse Elsasser (Senior Coach at Mindmaven)

Chalyse is a Senior Coach at Mindmaven where she focuses on helping leaders get more breakthrough opportunities out of their network. She does this by initially helping leaders become more productive and leveraged with their time. Chalyse has had the privilege of working with some heavy-hitters in the industry: companies such as Silicon Legal Strategy, Davis Polk, Partners for Growth, and the former Senior Marketing Parter of Sequoia Capital.

Course syllabus

01

The Key to Working Smarter Not Harder: Relationships

1. Discover how relationships are the key not only to the ultimate success of any startup but also to a more rewarding experience along the journey. 

2. Learn and implement the most powerful—and easiest—relationship building habit you'll ever come across that guarantees a positive and fulfilling experience every day.

02

INTENT: Becoming a Proactive Leader

1. Discover the best practices of creating, protecting, and getting the most out of proactive Whitespace Time, allowing you to become a proactive leader rather than a reactive figurehead.

2. Learn and implement the system of Now-and-Next Productivity, the most powerful concept you’ll ever come across in getting intentful with your time to increase

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LEVERAGE: Rethinking an EA as Your Most Critical Resource for Unlimited Scale

1. Learn the secret to freeing up 8-10 hours/week by fundamentally rethinking how to work with an executive assistant.

2. Inspire people to join your cause and follow you through hell and back by delivering meaningful experiences at scale.

04

BONUS Session: How to interview for and hire your first Rockstar EA

Most early stage founders think about hiring an EA after they've spent months with their throughput clogged to the breaking point! By hiring an EA, you can save yourself massive amounts of time and avoid being bogged down by tasks you shouldn't be doing anymore. This bonus session will show you where to start.

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FELLOWSHIP: Drive Serendipity by Unlocking the Potential in Your Network

1. Don’t leave your most game-changing opportunities up to serendipity. Drive breakthrough opportunities by staying top-of-mind with the most important people in your network. 

2. Employ easy-to-implement habits that will increase your Mindshare: how often people think of you when they encounter the opportunities you want to hear about.

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Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts
Active Learning, not Passive Watching


Increase your retention and complete proactive work during engaging live discussions, group breakout sessions, intensive study halls, and guided brainstorms. 

Learn with a Cohort of Peers

Achieve true mastery through practice alongside peers, and build community with other founders navigating their startup through similar challenges.

Accountability and Feedback

Unlike your ideas in the shower that disappear before you can execute on them, in this course you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of aligned learning and completion. Finish the course with measurable progress guided by group and instructor accountability.

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