What I can offer.

I am a serial entrepreneur. I have an insatiable appetite to assist aspiring entrepreneurs to vitalize winning concepts that exude from inner passion and a sense of themselves. Youthful fervor ignites my capacity to refine branding, marketing, strategic focus, product initiatives, you name it! My compassion and curiosity abound.


I get it.

I know that as a young entrepreneur you, like water, need a place to flow unabated . . . say what you feel and receive understanding, empathy, and wisdom. I know you need the comfort to repeat yourselves to get clear and, where necessary, reverse course as concepts evolve. I value deep listening and honesty.


Keep it fun.

We must have fun at what we do. I am wont to say: Do what you love, and the money will come, or it won’t. Creation of a business must evolve from a fire in the belly, not a desire to fill a market gap and get rich. Building a business is building a life and a viable platform to express yourself in a business format.


Engaging with me.

My rate is $200 for a 50 minute Skype session or $150 for 50 minutes over lunch (your treat!). If a basis exists to continue, we can structure a formal relationship, which can be a flat fee or hourly rate based depending on what is mutually beneficial.


What I need from you.

To assure that I can help, you will need to provide the basic information on the form provided below, after which I will determine whether I can be helpful to you. If so, I will let you know, within 10 days, whether an initial lunch or call makes sense for us.


Checklist For The Meeting

  • Business Concept
  • Product or Service Goals
  • Current Business Status
  • Team Make-Up
  • Problems/Challenges


To request advising or consulting from Joan Barnes; fill out the form below and we will respond within 24 hours. Indicate whether you are interested in taking Joan to lunch, a Skype call, or long-term consulting arrangement. If accepted, Skype calls are 30 minutes in length and you can choose between 5 for $450 or 10 for $750.

Keep it as brief as you can, but hit all the highlights.

List all founders, employees (if any), as well as any significant advisors.

Describe as best you can the three most significant challenges you are facing.


``F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, there are no second acts. We caught up with Joan Barnes who re-invented herself and learned some important life lessons along the way.``

Anne Thompson Chief Environmental Affairs Correspondent for NBC News

``Joan's insights on starting and growing successful companies are greatly beneficial. If you're looking to take your company to the next level, she's the one you should approach.``

Sonja Markova Executive Director at Band of Angels; Silicon Valley's oldest angel investment group

``Joan Barnes is the voice of experience for female entrepreneurs. As she told the story of her years at Gymboree, the audience learned of her successes and setbacks, all told with a refreshing candor and truthfulness. Joan's presence lights up a panel. I was extremely honored to meet her!``

Judith Iglehart, EdD International Division President of Keiretsu Forum