I design and deliver startup education programmes, focusing on practical education and peer-support approaches.
I live in Sofia, Bulgaria, but 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.
I've designed curricula and taught at some of the world's best-regarded universities, like Oxford and UCL, and with some diverse accelerator programmes. I've worked with the top names like Seedcamp, and also pushed startup education into new areas with Creative Accelerator and Green tech with ClimateKIC Recently, I ran The Africa Prize for The Royal Academy Of Engineering, which brings hard tech like nanotechnology water filters to African markets.
Organisations I've Started
I started Founder Centric, an education design firm known for its no-nonsense approach to improving startup education in Europe.
I'm the founder of Leancamp, which has run in 15 cities and is now spreading to all continents. It brought Lean Startup to Europe in 2010, and connected it globally to Business Model Generation and User Experience Design.
Also, Village Accelerator, rethinking technology accelerators for aspiring entrepreneurs from the poorest communities in the world. We've started with the Roma people in Eastern Europe.
These non-profit programmes, and others which aim to improve startup education with various peer-to-peer methods, are being brought under a single umbrella: Source Foundation.
Are you really a saint?
No, but I try to be helpful. If you're wondering about the "Saint" in the SaintSal moniker, it's a reference to Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead, a film where the protagonist - Jimmy The Saint - must achieve his life's ambitions in a weekend.
GuidesTo get a sense of how I can help, here are a few guides I've researched and written:
Decision Hacksa handbook for faster course-correction Accelerator Design Guide personal experience and research on accelerator design Mentor Impactoutlines how top-rated startup mentors think
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