The hallmark of a Kickstart Growth consulting project is brilliantly creative, exceeds expectations, requires minimal supervision, is completed on time, under budget and done with good humor.
Kickstart Growth is the consulting entity of Richard Miles, who’s 30+ year career has been all about the successful launch and growth of new companies, agencies and organizations as well as startup divisions within global companies.
Here’s how I help:
- Make great strategy. I come up with great ideas and help make them happen.
- Make great plans. I help develop realistic, sustainable, easy-to-follow business plans with clearly defined goals, strategies and achievable outcomes.
- Make great presentations. I help companies find ways to connect with investors, donors, volunteers, stakeholders and customers.
- Make fundraising look easy. I help organizations create memorable messages that pack emotional punch.
- Make great websites.I design and produce dynamic, interactive websites to help organizations tell their story to the world.
- Make great marketing. I design advertising, packaging, collateral materials, and sales literature.
- Make great sales people. I train, mentor and coach sales people.
- Turn things around. I fix problems and broken systems and get things moving again.
Richard started his first business (Adaptive Controls) in 1980. The company designed and sold systems to reduce energy use in highrise office buildings. He sold it to Ingersoll-Rand in 1984, where he served as Vice President for Sales and Strategic Planning. While there, he wrote their Strategic Plan and built a nationwide reseller channel. In 1987 Richard joined Polaroid, as Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for their floppy disc division.
In 1992 he wrote The Official Software Channel Sales Guidebook, the “Essential Guide to Anyone Selling, Marketing, or Developing Software.” The book details how to build retail and enterprise distribution channels for software products. Richard has been a sought-after speaker at conferences including Comdex, the Consumer Electronics Show, and others. From 1994 – 2001 Richard was a featured speaker at Softex, the annual Brazilian government-sponsored symposium on technology exports.
In 1990 Richard founded Re:Launch, consulting to a wide range of clients including IBM, Hitachi, and Memorex as well as many mid-level firms and startups. He wrote business plans, raised capital, developed distribution channels, produced profitable direct mail programs, designed best-selling product packages and ad campaigns. In addition to domestic clients, his firm serviced companies from the UK, Australia, France, Israel and Brazil. Richard sold Re:Launch to an investor group in 2004 and it is still profitably operating today.
In 2005 Richard became CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the San Francisco Bay Area, merging three small local agencies building a platform for sustainable growth, tripling the number of young people with a mentor and organizing an effective State coalition.
In March 2008 he participated in the Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. In 2008, Richard joined the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco as Senior Director of Marketing in order to help build a leadership team to revitalize this 100-year-old philanthropic institution. You can find out a lot about Richard by checking out his profile on LinkedIn.
In 2010, Richard founded KickstartGrowth. Since then, he’s consulted with a variety of startups and social benefit agencies, and serves as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at DTBi, the Dar Teknohama Business Incubator, a public / private partnership of the World Bank and the Tanzanian Institute of Science & Technology. This is the only high tech incubator in Tanzania, and Richard is provide mentoring guidance to help a smart and talented cohort of entrepreneurs companies reach their goals.