Blitzscaling Academy was formed to make the techniques of blitzscaling accessible to founders everywhere.

We believe the next generation of world-changing companies can come from anywhere and we work to identify and support them.

We work with people based on their qualifications and ability to contribute, not their gender, race, sexual orientation and/or background, current socioeconomic status, nationality, political or religious beliefs and are committed to creating a safe space for our entire community.

Meet The Community Leaders

Chris YehCo-founder and
Blitzscaling Co-author

A writer, investor, and entrepreneur, Chris has had a ringside seat in the world of startups and scaleups since 1995. He is the co-author, along with Reid Hoffman, of The Alliance, and Blitzscaling, the book that explains how to build world-changing companies like Amazon, Alibaba, and Airbnb in record time.  Chris holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and is a Founding Partner of Blitzscaling Ventures.

Jeff AbbottCo-founder

Jeff is an entrepreneur, ecosystem builder and investor and has worked and lived internationally for much of his career. His vision is to make the scaling expertise of Silicon Valley accessible in support of the next generation of world-changing companies. He holds an MIM from Thunderbird School of Global Management and is a Founding Partner of Blitzscaling Ventures.

Our Experts

Ben Casnocha

Entrepreneur, Investor and Author

Sameer Singh

Network Effects Advisor & Investor

Scott Johnson

Partner at Blitzscaling Ventures

Veijo Komulainen

Board member for #SME:s

Richard Hua

Global Technology Strategist

Jennifer Fondrevay

Best-Selling Author of “NOW WHAT?"

Tim Taylor

Official pitch coach at the Band of Angels

Marc Gruber

Prof. for Entrepreneurship & Technology Commercialisation, Co-author of WHERE TO PLAY

Sharon Tal Itzkovitch

Creator of the Market Opportunity Navigator,
Co-author of WHERE TO PLAY

Testimonials

Chris Herbert

CEO, TRACKR

“Chris and Reid have done a deep dive into the science of scaling, and incorporating that knowledge into our strategy has been an important part of our success to date."

Sameer Patel

CEO, KAHUNA SOFTWARE

“We would have brought Chris and Blitzscaling Ventures into our B round if they were investing then. I was craving a well-articulated framework to guide my team’s decision-making as we scale. There is nothing like this out there today."

Luther Lawoyin

CEO, PRICEPALLY (NIGERIA)

“I thoroughly enjoyed learning from Jeffrey and the team, the learning was very practical and applicable. It helped analyse my company position and clearly helped to identify the next scaling steps to take."

Timi Koleolu

FOUNDER, KAYA (AFRICA)

“I attended the Academy led by Chris and Jeff in Doha last year. I have to say most of the things I learnt and applied to my Startup led to the growth and stability we have experienced. Jeff and Chris’ deep insights into issues facing companies and their ability to dissect problems made the program very useful. It was definitely worthwhile!"

Alex Fielding

CEO, RIPCORD

“My other VC investors might push back, but I will pry open our next round, or find some secondary shares to get Chris and his team involved here."

Saurabh Gupta

CEO, VERISMART

“BA helps founders and prevents them from making the conventional mistakes that 97% of founders make. Their sessions are so insightful that altogether founders like me experience a new perspective and bigger vision about their own venture. They are always up for a quick chat and offer founder-friendly advise. I am happy that I get to learn from the industry's best."

Corey Schwartz

PRESIDENT, LOANATIK

“Jeff is a fantastic networker, consummate entrepreneur and all around great guy. He's the guy you want to go out drinking with and have with you working through difficult business problems. His instincts are dead on and he doesn't hesitate to make introductions to people that may help you in business or life. If you have the opportunity to connect with him on any level, do it."

John McEntire

DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT AND KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER AT QATAR FOUNDATION

“The Research to Startup Program we run with Blitzscaling Academy is such a unique thing. It's been really important that we have this type of mechanism and for a technology transfer office this is a dream come true because we have so much activity coming in that I don't know how we are going to hang on to all the licensing activity--and that's a really great problem to have."

Hedi Krönstrom

ACCELERATOR DIRECTOR,  EUROPEAN INNOVATION ACADEMY

“I worked with Jeff at the European Innovation Academy where he was the head of 80+ mentors. There are a lot of moving parts to managing an accelerator on this scale, and Jeff did a great job, always keeping cool and organized. He is attentive to detail, creative and has a keen eye to the advanced mentoring of startup teams. These abilities coupled with his natural and warm communication skills makes Jeff a precious asset to any complex project."

Adam Olejniczak

CEO, RYDE-ON

“I participated in the accelerator. The program and mentorship made me grow as an entrepreneur. Jeff was one of the best mentors and connectors that I have ever worked with. He generously shared his time and knowledge -- it was never too early or too late in the day. Having someone so supportive when you are a founder is incredibly important. I could not recommend anyone more sincerely. I feel like a large part of my success is their work."

Mart Maasik

CO-FOUNDER SEB INNOVATION LAB

“It has been truly inspirational to collaborate with Jeff and Chris. Jeff's broad experience, knowledge across the industries, understanding the US and European business growth context has enabled us to define business models shifts and scaling opportunities. Jeff's mentoring and Chris's Blitzscaling advisory framework are highly practical and actionable - they help identify impactful strategical growth opportunities for corporate innovators and as well scale-ups."

Nga Nguyen

COMMUNITY MEMBER

“In my program, the team worked with entrepreneurs from 17 countries. Through the curated group sessions and thought-provoking presentations the mentors ignited creative collaboration. The knowledge, network, and connections with investors, technologists, and researchers from different corners of the world provided a full-spectrum of invaluable entrepreneurial exchange to spur innovation."

José Rafael Campino

CEO GAUSS CONTROL (CHILE)

“The program was eye opening for us. Through online sessions, with amazing mentors, I was able to understand the concepts of scaling our business internationally. The main conclusions was that we needed to expand our market size; so we re-defined our vision and we adapted our product to it. Nowadays, Gauss Control has landed several big mining clients around Latin America and identified huge expansion potential around the world. Thanks Jeff & Chris!"