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Building a top performing company is exhilarating. It’s life changing.

Leading your company can also be a bit isolating. Consumed with challenges and stresses, at work and at home, leaders often find they have few to turn to. Otherwise known as the "lonely leader problem". 


What is the Circle?
It is comprised of CEOs & Founders who are charged with inventing, developing, scaling and maintaining the crown jewels of the company. Circles are organized by function, sector, and geography. The members are part of building a company that has surpassed the “40 Rule” (≥$40M Rev, ≥40% CAGR, ≥40 GMs) where their daily experience is much like laying track in front of the moving train.

You'll convene with your peers to provide one another insights and ideas. With familiarity and trust, you'll air out those vexing operational issues and collect different approaches for how to tackle them. 

How often does the Circle meet?  
Each convenes 2x/yr with a lot of connective tissue in between. 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 top performing 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 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, it's a many-on-many discussion format. Nothing formal or stiff here. We prefer things to be organic and iterative. 

Where does the Circle meet?   
Typically, in San Francisco 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 @ founderscircle@fcc.vc