About Us

behind the scenes at StartupDevKit

Our Mission

Our mission at StartupDevKit is to empower aspiring entrepreneurs and early-stage startups with the knowledge, resources, and support they need to turn their innovative ideas into successful and sustainable businesses.

We are committed to fostering a thriving startup ecosystem by providing comprehensive programs, mentoring, and a rich library of resources that enable our members to navigate the challenges of entrepreneurship, validate their ideas, and accelerate their growth.

Through our dedication to empowering and educating entrepreneurs, we aim to catalyze innovation, drive economic progress, and shape the future of startups worldwide. 

What Are Our Values?

We Value People Who Care About:

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Career growth and learning 
  • Work-life balance
  • Solving problems through technology
  • Social impact
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Mission
  • A personal desire to make a positive impact in our world
  • Teamwork
  • Humor

Why We LOVE Startups

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We love the diversity, equity, and inclusion that this new age of startups is bringing to the world. It's long overdue to finally start seeing this taking shape and how it's influencing the rest of the corporate world.

Innovation Rocks 🤘

We love how startups are innovating to create new opportunities, fixing problems that people face everyday to enhance our lives, and creating new jobs. We're looking forward to helping you innovate!

Personal Fulfillment

Many people feel like what they do does not make a difference in the world anymore. Startups give people the opportunity to do something meaningful and make an impact in their own way. #MeaningfulPurpose

The Startup Community

The startup community is the best! Even though there's competition amongst companies and different communities, there's also a ton of support for one another - and we love that. We're all in it together, as a collective startup community, and we want to support you. So let's grow, together. 🚀

Meet Our Founder and CEO

Read About His Journey and How StartupDevKit Got Started

Meet our Founder and CEO, Carl Potak. Carl has been involved in startups and the startup industry since 2007. He’s founded multiple startups and worked with many more startups. 

While he went to university for political science, he worked on over 30 campaigns, managing a US congressional campaign, a US Senate campaign, and has used his skills transitively from politics into the startup world. Carl’s experience spans many different disciplines and it enabled him to build and grow StartupDevKit by himself.

His goal in life is to make our world a better place to live in. He’s been working towards this overarching goal socially, entrepreneurially, technologically, environmentally, and even politically. 

Carl developed StartupDevKit’s website, created the incubator and accelerator programs, the platform, built the resource library and curated its content, wrote all of the website content, wrote 97% of the blog articles, set up the forums, and he’s been mentoring and coaching startup founders as a service.

He also wrote a book about startup failure that he’s looking to get published. The book is about the top 20 reasons why startups fail based on the original CB Insights study with a few other excluded reasons included, plus the root causes to each reason, how to avoid them, and what to do instead. 

He used both research and personal experiences to analyze the top reasons why startups fail and was able to derive root causes from them.