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Early Adopters
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For over a decade, Hiddn Venture’s team of industrial psychologists, behavioral scientists, organizational designers, and leadership advisors have been in the trenches with startups and scale-ups through critical rounds of funding and high growth. We believe the intersection of systems and behaviors, not one or the other, makes or breaks a venture.

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Companies like Mailchimp, Warby Parker, Airbnb, Groupon and WhatsApp thrived in recession because leadership didn't hesitate, but leaned in even harder.


The strategy

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Tap the Hiddn Edge©

Your founders can lead from their edge - having a handle on what is and isn’t effective about their leadership and the ability to optimize that under pressure when the stakes are high. This isn't coaching, it's triage.

Reframe the complex

Your founders have it in them to accept complexity and its nature. They can loosen the reigns of control and remain nimble. They can simplify complex concepts to avoid emotional disruption and  decision-making paralysis.

Bridge the misaligned

Your founders need not be confused about what they're there to do or how to do it. Clear on purpose, aligned on strategy, and operating inside of systems - this can be their grounding force and defense against dysfunction. 

Our philosophy

Pressure is a Privilege

When things get difficult, we lean in. We embrace tension, revel in challenge, and turn towards the storm.

Adapt for Value

Needs are different for everyone, we adapt to ensure we're meeting needs, not just running programs.

Thoughtfully Direct

Direct is kind, and we utilize directness as an avenue to be effective in ways playing nice doesn't.

Seek the Story

Change lies in story and patterns - we listen for the story behind the story - leading with understanding.

Your team


Stephen Belenky

Founder-President-Leadership Effectiveness

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Abimbola Akintolayo

Principal-Leadership Effectiveness

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Chris Taylor

Consultant-Behavioral Analytics 

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Dan Black

Consultant-Learning Technology

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Chris Ford

Special Advisor-Customer Success

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Constantinos  Theofanous

Special Advisor-Private Equity

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Carolyn Brand

Consultant-Fractional Leadership

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Dave Newell

Senior Principal-Organizational Design

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Hannah Pniewski


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James C. Neilson

Consultant-Executive Coaching

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Our Team
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