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Tim Donahue
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Meeting Preference: In Person, Phone, Video

Languages: English

How I Can Help You

I can help you to start your business with strategy, planning, and bootstrapping/lean startup methods. I can also assist with e-commerce, art, design, and application building.

I am a passionate serial entrepreneur who enjoys helping start young businesses. As an active entrepreneur having started about 10 businesses, I've developed diverse experience in most areas concerning start-ups, small and medium sized businesses - particularly in the area of online, web-based business. I've started, run and sold a number of businesses (primarily within the tech/internet space). I have a lot of experience working with new entrepreneurs to evaluate the pros/cons of business ideas, methods to evaluate chances of success, and test ideas within the marketplace. My businesses were in the areas stock photography, used clothing, art and design, SaaS and e-commerce websites.

A core focus of mine is helping entrepreneurs minimize their risk - and figure out how to validate their business ideas within the marketplace, before they sink too much time and money into the idea. I prefer bootstrapping over taking on investors, most of the time.

Please take a look at my personal site StartABusiness.center which is aimed at helping founders figure out the ins and outs of turning an idea into a business. There's a ton of helpful business startup information, how-to's, templates, and a helpful free test to allow you to evaluate your chance of business success.

Prior to my entrepreneurship activities, I held management roles in art, production and video for Sanctuary Woods Educational Software, Magic Quest Software, and Lockheed Missiles and Space Company. I am well-versed with programming and tech since that's where the majority of my career has been. I have also been a professional musician in areas including guitar, recording, singing, songwriting, and performing.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business Plan
  • Marketing
  • Product Development
  • Technology

Industry Experience

  • Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation
  • Professional Services
  • Retail
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1165 Herndon Parkway, Suite 100
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Herndon, VA 20170
(562) 528-5919

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