About Semira Rahemtulla

Semira Rahemtulla is a founder turned executive coach with over 15 years experience working with hundreds of startup founders and leadership teams.

She works with founders on evolving as leaders, building rapport and trust, communicating powerfully and effectively, managing their own psychology, increasing emotional intelligence and empathy, and accelerating their personal growth.

She coaches cofounder teams to improve their communication, strengthen their relationship, and get the best out of the partnership.

Her clients think of her as one of their best thought partners, their strongest ally, and profound teacher.

She loves to sing, swim, surf (but only in warm water), read (esp about human psychology), cook, and travel.

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Founder & Co-Founder Coaching

Private joint coaching sessions with your cofounder(s) and me where you learn and practice building trust, giving and receiving feedback, and growing as leaders.

Why do I do this

In my years as a founder coach I noticed that there's a period in a startup's life where the co-founder relationship is paramount. One stat says that 65% of startups fail bc of co-founder breakup.  65%! Regardless of financial success, I think we’re failing if our startup journey is breaking up great friendships and working relationships.

It turns out there are very specific things you can do to make sure you’re growing together, not apart. You can leave it up to chance and hope that all goes well, or you can be deliberate and adopt the skills, habits, and practices that will ensure your relationship thrives. I myself learned them when I was starting my own companies, and they’ve profoundly changed my life and my relationships.

What it’s like

We check in.

We clear the air. We talk about whatever's up between you.

How the relationship is going, how you're working together.

What's not being said, what's not being heard

One of my clients described it as a space where it's more awkward NOT to bring up the awkward things than to continue to hold them in.

I mediate as needed, bringing in new frameworks and mental models where relevant.

And my goal is to fire myself - to get you to the point where you're talking through the tough stuff as soon as it comes up, and those conversations are going well. And by "going well" I mean that each of you feels heard and understood, each of you feels safe speaking openly about whatever is on your mind, all emotions that come up are shared, honored, and addressed, the conversation moves forward and comes to resolution, and, most importantly, your relationship is stronger for having had the conversation. Those are the hallmarks of effective communication.

More than just mediation

As you work on your relationship, you learn a surprising amount about yourself. It's one of the best ways to identify your blind spots and get a clear picture of how you come across to people. Many of my clients shift to working with me 1:1 to work on these areas to grow into the leaders they want to be.

My cofounder and I have figured out a lot of things about our relationship and communication styles and overcome challenges which could have been really difficult had it not been for Semira's help.
Paul Biggar, CEO Awesome CO
Working with Semira helped me see that clearly and reduced needless suffering for me and my team!
Mircea Pasoi, CEO Awesome CO
I trust her. She has helped me distill and crystalize what I'm learning every day in my work.
Laura Hale, CEO Awesome CO
Semira has an incredible gift for insights into people and relationships, the same way Steve Jobs had a gift for product insight.​
Eric Norman, CEO Awesome CO
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Team Workshops

Private joint coaching sessions with your cofounder(s) and me where you learn and practice building trust, giving and receiving feedback, and growing as leaders.

In my years as a founder coach I noticed that there's a period in a startup's life where the co-founder relationship is paramount. One stat says that 65% of startups fail bc of co-founder breakup.  65%! Regardless of financial success, I think we’re failing if our startup journey is breaking up great friendships and working relationships.

It turns out there are very specific things you can do to make sure you’re growing together, not apart. You can leave it up to chance and hope that all goes well, or you can be deliberate and adopt the skills, habits, and practices that will ensure your relationship thrives. I myself learned them when I was starting my own companies, and they’ve profoundly changed my life and my relationships.

And my goal is to fire myself - to get you to the point where you're talking through the tough stuff as soon as it comes up, and those conversations are going well. And by "going well" I mean that each of you feels heard and understood, each of you feels safe speaking openly about whatever is on your mind, all emotions that come up are shared, honored, and addressed, the conversation moves forward and comes to resolution, and, most importantly, your relationship is stronger for having had the conversation. Those are the hallmarks of effective communication.

Workshops

Effective Feedback (3.5hrs)
$4k
How Great Leaders Listen (2.5hrs)
$3k
Coaching: The #1 Skill of Great Managers (2hrs)
$3k
Defining our Team Values (8hrs)
$8k
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