What is the CEO|Circle?
The Circle endeavors to become your personal board of directors, allowing you to see around corners, both at work and at home.

Building your “breakaway growth company” is exhilarating. It’s life changing. Leading your #breakawaygrowth company can also be lonely. Consumed with a never ending malaise of new situations to solve, a leader often finds they have few to turn to for insights and ideas. And, far too often, they find they’re not as present at home as they’d like as a leader is consumed with matters of their startup.

The Circle is comprised of a community of peers, Founders & CEOs just like you, with the aim of amplifying the highs and minimizing the lows of this experience. Peers who are building companies of similar size and speed. Peers who are walking in your shoes. Peers with real scar tissue. Peers who look-out for you, helping you tackle today’s issues and anticipate those that lie ahead. Peers who want to see you become the best leader, manager and person possible. 

Then, with a solid plan in hand, a Founder & CEO can turn to their boss (aka, their BOD) and their leadership team with clarity and certainty.  

How often does the CEO|Circle meet?
2x/yr.  While many would aspire to a monthly gathering, 2x/yr seems to be the right level of commitment when considering everything else one needs to manage when leading a #breakawaygrowth company.

But, the aim is for them to build familiarity and trust with one another so that they can reach out as needed.

What does the CEO|Circle talk about?
Well, that’s up to the Members.

This is a program that is of the collective and by the collective.

The topics of focus depend on what everyone finds is keeping them awake at night. The topics are curated just prior to a gathering by the community leaders who, by the way, are a couple of peers who volunteered to take on a bit of organizational duties. When the topic merits it, 1-2 expert witnesses are sought out who have their unfair share of scar tissue from the issue and are eager to shield others from the same lacerations.

The community leaders facilitate the topics at the gatherings. But, ultimately, its a many-on-many discussion format. Nothing formal or stiff here. We prefer things to be organic and iterative. 

Where does the CEO|Circle meet?
Around the "kitchen table” because, after all, this is where life’s most important discussions and decisions occur. The environment is set-up to encourage individual members to illuminate their most vexing operational issues and the other members to share their scar tissue having dealt with similar matters.

What does it cost to be a Member?
$0. Time is the most precious commodity that the collective could ever ask for.


 

Want to apply to our next Circle gathering? Email us a @ founderscirlce@fcc.vc
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Check out a few of our past Roundtable gatherings below.

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