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Chad Kaul

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Founder & Principal, Startup Design Strategy. Find product-market fit faster. Design more valuable businesses. Improve stories to investors.

Founder & Principal, Startup Design Strategy. Find product-market fit faster. Design more valuable businesses. Improve stories to investors.

5 vouches

Involved In


Startup Design Strategy
The Arena USA, Inc.


ProximityWare Inc
Startup Next (Techstars)
Thiel Foundation: 20under20 Fellowship
ProximityWare Inc


Instructor General Assembly April 2016 - present
Mentor Startup Next (Techstars) October 2015 - present
Founder & Principal Startup Design Strategy May 2015 - present
Mentor Thiel Foundation: 20under20 Fellowship September 2013 - present
Founding Team / Director of Patent Design Connected Patents August 2011 - April 2015
Business Development Advisor ProximityWare Inc April 2011 - April 2015
Recruitment & Outreach Best Buddies International April 2011 - September 2011
Startup Consultant Self June 2009 - May 2011
Co-Founder The Arena USA, Inc. March 2007 - June 2009
Associate Round One Investments, LLC March 2005 - March 2007


Vanderbilt University Economics
Berkeley Preparatory School

Interested In

Advisor With
  • • Fundraising
  • • Partnerships
  • • Brand identity
  • • Product Design
  • • Angel investing
  • • Venture capital
  • • Behavioral Economics
  • • Design Strategy
  • • Marketing Communications
  • • Startups
  • • UX research
Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Advertising
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Events
  • • Financial Services
  • • Games
  • • Healthcare
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Music
  • • Payments
  • • Photos
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Robotics
  • • Smart Home
  • • Social Impact
  • • Sports
  • • Transportation
  • • Travel
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Content
  • • Movies/Film
  • • News

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

Co-founded and led product for tech media company that deeply engaged users, achieving a 25 minute average session (on par with Facebook at the time, 2008).

Mapped the IP roadmap / product vision for 30+ startups, developed IP portfolios (co-inventor is some cases), and facilitated due diligence resulting in over $100M in funding and exits for clients.

How I like to work with people
As an Advisor

I believe startup advisors should solve problems, not just advise entrepreneurs. The problem I seek to remove from startups is ambiguity about the vision for the company/product. Why? Because if you don't know where you are going, you'll never get there.

The clearer your vision >> the stronger your team >> the better your product >> the bigger your market share >> the more profitable your business >> the more you can invest in cultivating growth in your employees, company, industry, and society.

These are the 6 things every entrepreneur must get right: vision, team, product, market, business, and culture. Together they make up your startup's foundation. And they can be designed to minimize your time starting up.

I help founders build foundations for enterprises the world needs. And a strong foundation begins is a clear vision.

This is why I created the Startup Design Canvas, a tool that helps startups figure out where to play, how to win, and why their product/company needs to exist. I lead workshops using the canvas to align teams on the company/product vision and improve communications for recruiting, fundraising, and sales/marketing.

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Pulkit Agrawal
We worked together  •  Sleuth, shoto and Senior Consultant, Booz & Company.
Has worked with a lot of startups on the topic of IP and patents and how that relates to fundraising, valuations and M&A
Guy Bar-Nahum
We worked together  •  Founder, Stealth startup. Previously As Himself, Looking for something great to build.
He lived through the struggles and agility needed for adapting a startup to the realities of the market. He has credibility with entrepreneu ... rs and investors. He is smart and has high quality standards. Chad's tells the truth early and directly.
Tommy Chheng
We worked together  •  Lead Backend Engineer, Qwiki. Previously Senior Software Engineer, Quid. University of California, Irvine grad.
He gets it done.
Will Tidwell
They're my friends  •  Principal, Oxtet, LLC. Previously Operations Manager, Walmart eCommerce. University of Colorado Boulder grad.
Chad is full of great ideas and has the drive to make them happen
Travis McElroy
We worked together  •  Founder, Governor and Founder/Creative Director, The Old State.
He has a lot of experience and insight in the tech market. He helped us and is great to work with.

Travis McElroy
We worked together  •  Founder, Governor and Founder/Creative Director, The Old State.
Travis has great instincts for opportunities and the leadership skills to capture them. Plus, he's already built and run a successful busine ... ss.