Annie Garofalo

Co-Founder Relationship Expert

New York, NY, USA

Expert Bio

Hi! I'm Annie, and I'm an expert in co-founder relationships and startup team dynamics. I specialize in preventing and managing co-founder conflict, ensuring that founding teams can thrive and succeed. With a strong academic background in Neuroscience from Harvard and a graduate degrees in Sociology and Business Administration from Stanford, I have developed a unique approach by applying relationship therapy principles to entrepreneurs. As the founder of Confidante, I created the first relationship building practice specifically designed to de-risk founding teams by proactively addressing co-founder conflicts. My program is a vetted and verified resource offered by leading investors and accelerators including Y Combinator, Harvard iLab, UCLA Venture Accelerator, 1871, NFX, and more. As most founders know, 65% of startups fail due to co-founder conflicts, much of which is preventable - my mission is to change that statistic. With over a decade of experience as an investor, C-suite executive, team coach, and growth strategy consultant, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my work. I am passionate about working with early-stage startup teams of 2-3 people, typically in the Pre-Seed through Series A. I thrive when working with teams right after they receive their first check, when things start to feel real and the potential for conflict arises. By implementing my proven communication strategies and creating a social contract with co-founders, I help teams navigate the challenges that come with building a successful startup. My approach is rooted in empathy, communication, and trust. I believe that by fostering strong co-founder relationships and addressing conflicts head-on, teams can unlock their full potential and achieve extraordinary results. I have seen firsthand the transformative power of effective co-founder relationships, and I am dedicated to helping others experience the same success. If you are a startup team looking to build a solid foundation and overcome co-founder conflicts, please reach out! Together, we can create a harmonious and thriving team that is poised for long-term success. Let's work together to turn your startup dreams into reality.


cofounder relationships

startup team dynamics

co-founder roles and responsibilities

co-founder conflict

co-founder search




Management Consultant


Jun 2014 - Jan 2019

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Co-Founder + CEO

My Merkata (Ethical Fashion)

Jan 2017 - Jun 2020

Investor + Portfolio Operations Lead

The MBA Fund + The GSB Impact Fund

Jan 2019 - Jan 2022

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Interim COO (Prior: Team Coach, BD & Strategy)

Skylyte (Corporate Wellness)

Jan 2020 - Mar 2023

CEO + Founder

Confidante (Founding Team Relationship Health)

Jan 2019 - current

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BA (Honors)

Harvard University

Neurobiology & Economics

Masters in Business Administration (MBA)

Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB)

Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

Masters of Arts (MA)

Stanford University

Sociology (Focus: Interpersonal Dynamics)

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