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Successful business people have coaches. It’s the “dirty secret of life, at least in business,” says Alexi Robichaux, CEO of coaching platform BetterUp.
Yes, that’s the business for which Prince Harry is now chief impact officer.
“When you study peak performance, the higher you perform, the more your need for coaching goes up,” Robichaux says.
Robichaux, who first hired a coach himself as a stressed-out young Silicon Valley computer programming executive having night terrors, launched BetterUp in 2013 with the help of friends, family and a few angel investors.
BetterUp hires certified coaches to help employees and individuals with performance, mentorship and mental-health counseling through video chats or over the phone. Unlimited one-on-one virtual coaching and access to resources such as activities, exercises and reading material to aid in professional development is $249 a month. BetterUp also has corporate clients, including NASA, Snap Inc., Hilton and Warner Media.
In February, BetterUp Inc.’s most recent round of funding — $125 million from investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners and Salesforce Ventures — brought its valuation to $1.73 billion, according to Bloomberg.
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