I've designed and delivered startup education programmes for some of the world's best (Seedcamp, UCL, Oxford), and most diverse (ClimateKIC, Creative Accelerator, Africa Prize For Engineering).
I'm the founder of Source Institute. You might not have heard of it, but you might have heard of some of the programmes it includes: Leancamp, Founder Centric, Village Accelerator and The Sources to name a few.
Our programmes span 4 continents -- powered by more than 40 truly extraordinary people. We've directly reached tens of thousands of founders, and developed quite a few globally-used startup techniques.
I live in Sofia, Bulgaria and my work often takes me to London, where I lived for 10 years, and around Africa.You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and stay in touch by getting my posts and essays by email. Oh, if you're wondering, the "Saint" in SaintSal is from a film where the protagonist confronts his life's ambitions in a weekend. It reminds me that life's short and to make the most of every day!
BooksTo get a sense of how I can help, here are a few guides I've researched and written:
EssaysFor a sense of my worldview and mission, here are the more salient essays I've written:
Mastering the craft of entrepreneurship Why startups are so different for The Next Billion A startup accelerator for the world’s poorest True Ecosystems No more hubs: startup community is P2P Why innovation is alive and well: Peter Thiel vs the Science Fiction masters. The History Of Lean Startup The question that almost always lifts conversion, or points to a pivot. Get your loved ones off Facebook.
Tools I've Created
Accelerator Design Cardsa card deck for prototyping and adapting accelerators Accelerator Dashboardan actionable dashboard for startup progress Startup Pitch Bingogives digestable feedback on missing information Braintrusta 1-hour peer-mentoring format for startups Brantrust Prep Forma supplementary preparation form for Braintrust Customer Development Method Cardshelps choose the right approach Rapid Refresherrefresh yourself quickly on long lists Business Model JSgenerates business model canvases within a web page using SVG Tweetable TextWordpress plugin that makes phrases tweetable