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As a beginner to the whole process of starting a business, I was definitely nervous and a little overwhelmed. After talking with Athan it was definitely refreshing to know someone who has the experience, knowledge, and scope of modern business concepts. He was far from the cookie cutter consultant firms who just give you the whole dog and pony show to try and sell you on their firm. With Athan it was a clear vision with a finite timeline and his work was thorough and precise. Would not hesitate to go back and hopefully will, Thanks Again!Jun 16, 2019Verified
Athan is an amazing business consultant!!!! With next to no direction, just a few brief conversations, he was able to understand the business, the industry, and was able to locate other sources to help develop a sound and thoughtful business case. to create a solid Business Plan and Financial Model. He was extremely accessible and he answered my unscheduled texts or phone calls on the first attempt 95% of the time and always texted or called back within an hour or 2, which is very reasonable. To be honest, I was thinking of offering him a job as my Chief Strategy Officer as a consequence of his ability to thinking through various approaches to achieve a target goal. The only problem is that we are a pre-seed startup and I don't have funding to pay him for his talent consistently at this stage. With all that said, It was a pleasure working with AthanApr 3, 2019
Athan is a brilliant, capable and genuine individual. His approach in helping us put together our business plan was effective and efficient. Whatever phase you’re in from startup phase to post launch, I could not recommend anyone more than Athan. He is a rare breed of individual with smarts and integrity. You cannot go wrong with Athan.Sep 19, 2019Verified
I am a small business owner and in the beginning stages of the whole process. I was able to do all of my business plan minus the financial part, which was a big stress factor for me. Im very happy I found Athan through Thumbtack as he did an excellent job helping me understand the financial part of a business plan and did a solid job in creating a pro forma that is customized to my small business. He is very knowledeable, timely, and professional. I am very confident in my now complete business plan and know what direction to go for the next phase of this process, all thanks to Athan! I highly recommend his services!!Sep 28, 2019Verified
I came to Athan with just an idea. I had no idea where to begin, which direction to think, how to start and I was overwhelmed. After just one conversation with Athan I knew he was the person I needed on my side to build my brand and business. He has helped me through all of the beginning stages of building a business and not only has he made it seem less overwhelming but has even helped me filter through so many concerns, decisions, hurdles, and more. I am so excited about the path we are on and the steps we are accomplishing. Athan makes me feel like someone has my back through this whole growing stage and more. I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend him to anyone starting a business needing support and a forward thinker. "Sep 27, 2019Verified
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Always takes a bit of time to ramp up on your business - my job is to get up to speed as quickly as possible so we can be on the same page/I can make suggestions based on the business need..
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have 15 years experience in strategy consulting, loyalty/rewards marketing, and have created several successful businesses. I've consulted to numerous startups at various stages from pre-seed through Series D. I have a strong breadth of industry expertise having completed projects and built businesses in travel, financial services, real estate, retail, grocery, gas. I've created rewards programs around the world and managed Membership Rewards partnerships at American Express as well as the Black, Platinum, and Gold Cards and developed a portfolio-wide strategy. I have my MBA from Yale University and my BA from Cornell University. I'm fast and hyper-reliable (that's the New Yorker in me) and pride myself on my multitasking ability (I used to have a day "corporate" job with four of my own successful businesses on the side). I believe in developing a tight plan up front for every project and really focus on iterative development - I very much like establishing checkpoints with clients as I want them to be part of the process. In terms of industries, there's not an industry I haven't advised on - everything from retail to financial services to advertising to media to sciences. I love having diversity in my projects and developing the optimal business strategy. I'm also a game theory expert so I always very much focus on the competition and making sure the businesses I advise on are positioned appropriately. Personally, I'm a lifelong athlete (basketball, football, soccer, tennis), avid traveler (100+ countries and counting), and love food. I also used to be a professional poker player which paid for both college and grad school. - Hablo español - Je parle français As I'm newer to Thumbtack, here are a few blurbs from my clients: "Athan just gets business. I've worked with him on several different projects and he always has an incredible way of distilling the problem and developing a smart strategy." - Tara, Brand/Business Model Agency Owner "Athan is the consummate New York business person - it's no coincidence he's so good at helping others. He's gritty and reliable. He always delivers" - Kevin, Real Estate Business Owner "Hire him and give him some working space - he will surprise you." - Brian, former boss. "There are not many people who can wear so many hats simultaneously - Athan is a rare person." - Tom, Strategy Consultant
- How did you get started doing this type of work?Everyone always asks me for it - and I realize how much time/energy founders put into their businesses - and I get great satisfaction of being able to help them..