Originally from Sacramento, CA, Dak now resides in the Bay Area. His background is in software sales, where he came up with the idea for Founder Meet Sales, a 2-sided marketplace where vetted sales professionals can pick up side projects helping founders improve their GTM strategy and generate more revenue.
Some of the services they offer are creating a sales playbook, developing a pricing structure, creating product presentations, and much more!
Before joining tech and startups, Dak spent time in the US Navy, where he operated nuclear reactors on submarines. So he certainly is prepared for the pressures of being a founder.
Dak just launched Founder Meet Sales after noticing lots of founders struggling with sales in their business.
“For early-stage startups and founders, generally, can’t afford these types of services, and they often don’t have the expertise. We want to democratize access to sales expertise.”
Dak built out an MVP using Sharetribe and is now spending most of his time talking to his network and getting both supply and demand to the platform. Right now, he’s focused on finding early adopters by making calls to his network and understanding what the product needs to look like.
“I am very much in the validation phase and figuring out what I want my product to look like.”
Being a founder comes with highs and lows, of course. Most existing for Dak is navigating problems he hasn’t encountered before, such as learning a new tool, along with doing research or leaning on his network for help.
The hardest part is figuring out the next most important thing he can be working on. It’s sometimes hard to see the progress on a day-to-day basis.
Dak started to use Taskable to keep him on track as he launched Founder Meet Sales. His favorite feature is the browser extension, making it easy to add tasks and see his priorities for the day quickly.
He was previously an Asana user but needed something more tailored to the founder’s journey.
He’s also a fan of the blog posts and content that have been helpful on his founder journey.
Dak suggests getting a good pair of noise-canceling headphones to avoid distractions, which helps him stay focused. He also throws his phone in his safe to avoid checking it throughout the day.