Trusted circles of peers working, huddling,
and supporting one another
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What is Circles?
It’s a safe place to have real conversations. It’s not just about networking — it’s about solving the real, hard, human, and business challenges you are facing building and running your business.
Peer-based mentorship groups led by experienced entrepreneurs.

A safe place for startups leaders to have real conversations. 

6-week program focused on dealing with COVID-related issues.

A Note From Our CEO

Why Now?

"Under normal circumstances founders need ways to share the challenges of entrepreneurship with other founders ~ today isn’t normal. With the sudden onslaught of COVID-related challenges, more than ever, founders need peer support.

Today we are launching a product to meet this need."

- John Borthwick

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The Details

How it Works
Peer-based mentorship groups led by experienced entrepreneurs

Each 8-person cohort will provide intimate and confidential support for founders as they navigate running a startup during this crisis. 

6-week free program focused on dealing with COVID-related issues

Circle cohorts meet virtually once a week for 1 hour, so you don’t have to be in NYC to participate, and applications are open to all (not just Studios members).

Applications will be reviewed on a first-come-first serve basis

We will build the first few cohorts on a rolling basis, as applications come in until all of the spots are filled.

Each curated group of seven participants is led by an experienced entrepreneur. Many of them are founders of our portfolio companies.


Former VC, WeWork
Executive, Beats by Dre/Apple

Upendra Shardanand

Founder, RDF° Report
Past founder, Firefly, Accelerator Group, Daylife


Director of Product Engineering, Pinterest
Former CEO, Instapaper

Mark Josephson

Former CEO, Bitly


CEO & Founder, Hello Walden

Beau Haugh

Former Head of Product & Engineering, Betaworks Studios

Kyra Reppen

CEO, Katapult
Former Executive, Viacom

Georg Petschnigg

General Manager, WeTransfer
CEO & Co-Founder, FiftyThree (makers of Paper)

Liam Collins

Director, YouTube Spaces
COO, Next New Networks

Nir Efrat

CEO, Dots

Evan Lodge

Head of Product, NurseFly
Advisor, YC Startup School

Giordano Contestabile

VP Product, IAC
Former CEO, Bloglovin'

Cindy Jeffers

Former CEO & Founder, Daro
Former CEO, Salon Media Group

Steve Schlafman

Founder Coach & Angel Investor

Andy Moss

Visiting Professor NYU
Former Microsoft Executive

Nisha Dua

Co-Founder & General Partner, BBG Ventures
Former Chief of Staff, AOL Brand Group

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