Do You Need Mentoring?


Are you having trouble with your business and you just don’t know why you aren’t making enough money?

Do you want to get advice from a seasoned professional who can help you get on the right track with your business idea or existing business?

Would you like to learn the methods that will help your business become sustainable?

If you said yes to any of these questions, then our founder and CEO, Carl Potak, can mentor you to help you learn what to do and help you get to the next steps and beyond.

About Our Startup Mentor, Carl Potak

Carl Potak Headshot - Rectangle - StartupDevKit - TechDay 2019

Based in New York

  • Carl knows the ins and outs of early-stage startup development and will give you actionable feedback and advice on what you can do to take your startup to the next level.
  • He has an Inbound Marketing certification by the HubSpot Academy and has a Google Analytics certification by the Google Academy.
  • Carl has been building, growing, and consulting startups since 2007. Carl has also done tech recruiting, marketed for other startups, and worked in the promotional marketing industry for years. He founded three other startups: EduDating, HireTicket, and the Potak Post.
  • He’s built five websites with WordPress including StartupDevKit.
  • Carl helped launch and build the user-base of the largest network of co-founders in the world — CoFoundersLab.
  • Carl is the author of Startup Survival Secrets, a book about the top 20 reasons why startups fail, their root causes, what you can do to prevent them and what you can do instead. The book’s manuscript is complete but it is being edited before he releases it.
  • Political campaigns are like startups and Carl has worked on them since 2004. He’s managed a US congressional campaign, has run a county-wide program to help elect Hillary Clinton to the US Senate in NY, has been the Vice President of the Nassau County Young Democrats for 6 years and still remains in this role, and Carl actively helps to organize for local, state, and national races. These skills he built are transitive and are applied to startups. He majored in political science and got his Bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University.


tom mclaughlin, founder and ceo of, a blockchain startup“StartupDevKit has been indispensable for my startup with the wealth of different resources, the mentoring, and feedback I’ve received from its Founder, Carl Potak.I would implore any startup founder to tap into his knowledge, the vast startup resources this platform has to offer, and will continue to bring.” — Thomas McLaughlin, Jr. Co-Founder and CEO, Blockstake
Reza Salatini - Founder and CEO of MyCleverCalories“I’ve been in the market to find a startup incubator that’s convenient to join and has very effective solutions from development to marketing. StartupDevKit has helped me to get on the right track, stay focused on my business, and avoid mistakes I would have made on my own. The platform is easy to use and there’s so much quality content in the blog and incubator platform – it’s really great. I’m happy I decided to work with Carl at StartupDevKit.” — Reza Salatini, Founder and CEO, Clever Calories
“As a virtual reality gaming and content studio that started in mid-2018, it was hard finding people who believed in us and our vision. We stumbled upon StartupDevKit and Carl after looking around for startup mentoring platforms. Carl told us upfront he wasn’t overly familiar with the VR industry, but said he could still provide us with meaningful support and expert knowledge. Now 3 months later we can say he was right. Not only has he given us great advice but he’s also helped to keep the team motivated and focused. We look forward to continuing to work with Carl and watching StartupDevKit grow.”  – The Team at DVNC, DVNC Tech, LLC

Our Process

We generally need some preliminary information before you can schedule a consultation. We ask for it so that we can understand your situation as best as possible to provide you with the best direction. Please see below:

  1. Fill out our form to give us background information and insight into your startup. Be prepared to provide the following information:
    1. The #1 goal of your business
    2. The challenges you have associated with that goal
    3. Your executive summary (if you have one)
    4. General information about your startup (if you don’t have an executive summary)
    5. How long you’ve been in business
    6. How many co-founders you have
    7. Your key performance indicators (KPIs) if you have any
    8. Any questions you want answered.
  2. Your responses are reviewed and then we reply and talk to you about it and request you answer any additional questions we have before start our session.
  3. We send you a link to a calendar of a mentor to book your session.
  4. You’re sent a link to our payment gateway When payment is processed,
  5. Have your consultation session on Skype or phone


We provide services to you at a flat rate of $150 USD per hour and will use that time well to give you the most actionable feedback. And, you get the first 15 minutes free.

A la carte mentoring is more for people who need more mentoring than the StartupDevKit Premium plan can provide, which is four sessions a month of 30 minutes each week (Priced at $199/month) + they get access to the platform.

Compare our rate to other professionals consulting from the Clarity platform who consult at approximately $8.34 per minute, or $500 USD per hour.  Since we know early-stage startups don’t have much money, we want startups to get a good deal with our consulting services, which is why we are priced at $150 USD per hour.

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