Meet Michael, Executive Coach and Managing Partner

I'm Michael Costuros, a tech startup founder with 6 years operational experience. Since leaving my company I have conducted more than 10,000 hours of coaching sessions with investor backed co-founders.
Michael Costuros: Executive Coach

I know what you’re going through now and the problems that will blindside you after each round of funding. 

My team and I will help you solve the most gut-wrenching issues you face as you rocket toward your big exit. Co-founder conflicts, toxic board dynamics, underperforming key hires and worse. You name it, we have coached our clients through to the best possible outcomes.

I want you to know what sets me apart from other coaches.

  • I was an investor backed SaaS startup founder for 6 years
  • I am an advisor to seed through C stage companies 
  • I have more than 10,000 hours of coaching experience
  • I work with 10 clients or less to ensure you get the attention you need
  • I am a behavior change expert
  • I am a conflict mediation / communication expert
  • My team is extraordinary and my network is vast
Whatever your challenge, we will leverage it to develop new leadership and management skills that will get you to the next stage and beyond. 
If your ready to take a quantum leap, shoot me an email or schedule a call now. – Michael 

Testimonials from Startup Founders and Executives

Recommendations from Michael's LinkedIn page
“When searching for a coach, it was important to me that I found someone who had experienced what it was like to be a startup founder, as opposed to a traditional executive coach or a therapist-turned-coach, because of the unique dynamics at play that must be lived to be learned. I have been working with Michael for over a year now and continue to find his insights valuable and supportive, especially as navigating the rapidly changing world and markets we currently face. The fact that he has lived through the ups and downs of the founders’ journey makes a big difference, and I continue to get great value out of our sessions together.”
Jamie Knowlton
Jamie Knowlton
Co-Founder & CFO | Better Place Forests

LinkedIn < > Crunchbase
“Michael's experience as a startup founder enabled him to truly understand the challenges I faced. His personal and professional dedication to my success really came through in his actions. Last-minute changes or requests for meetings were never a problem, and Michael was always very good at adapting our coaching sessions to whatever challenge was top of mind for me. Throughout our time working together, Michael was a reliable sounding board and an insightful thought partner - I would definitely recommend other startup founders to work with him!”
Brian Chen
Co-Founder & CEO | Room

LinkedIn < > Crunchbase
"Developing leadership skills is difficult and takes practice. It requires learning how to deal with myriad personalities and understanding the best techniques to use at each turn. Michael can quickly get at the core of issues and has an extensive set of actionable recommendations. Working with him has amplified my strengths and lessened my weaknesses. Michael is an incredible mentor that I recommend for anyone looking to hone their leadership skills."
Andrew Hoag
Andrew Hoag
Founder & CEO | Teampay

LinkedIn < > Crunchbase

Executive Coaching for Startup Founders

I specialize in…

  • Co-founder conflict resolution
  • Dealing with toxic board members
  • Rapid leadership and management skill development
  • Bad habit and personality quirk change
  • C-team alignment off-sites 
  • Co-founder alignment off-sites
  • Remote team building and productivity programs 
To discover how we can help you win, schedule a call now.

New for 2022: The Awake Forward Method

The Awake Forward Method is a totally new approach to executive coaching. It combines best practice executive coaching with deep psychological change work designed to eliminate deeply rooted bad habits. 

Throughout your 6-month program you will be working with your executive coach as well as behavior change experts  The Awake Forward Method will create breakthrough awakening insights that free you to be the best version of yourself. 

To learn more about The Awake Forward Method, schedule a call now.

Resources for Founders and Executives

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Thriving Founders Mission

Thriving Founders provides accelerated professional, emotional, and spiritual development for business leaders, executives, and founders who truly want to realize their full potential as human beings. 

We prioritize working with leaders who want to maximize the positive impact they have on the lives and ecosystems they touch.

We are proud to donate 1% of our gross revenue to Amazon rainforest protection and indigenous tribal support through the PachaMama Alliance. We donate another 1% to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society who are protecting our oceans from illegal commercial fishing.

Working together we will do our small part in creating a global culture that is thriving, sustainable, and just for all.

News: Over $10,000 donated in 2021!

We help founders around the globe
We REALLY are in this together!