Aiding Start-ups in Operational Excellence, Aiding Investors to Maximize Returns, Aiding Corporates via Smarter Innovation 

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Who We Serve


Validate, Build, & Grow

  • Validate Your Market Offering/Story/Deck/Go to Market Strategy & Future Roadmap

  • Understand the Competition

  • Look at Your Sales numbers, process and pipeline

  • Receive Direct Feedback from CIOs/CMOs/CDOs




  • Reach Fortune 500/Global 2000 Brand Execs to Pitch Your Product or Service

  • Expose Your Brand to Events and Roadshows

  • Grow Globally




  • Understand If or Why a Deal Isn't Progressing

  • Get Support Driving Paid POCs

  • Document Successful POCs Engagements

  • Receive Help With Contract Negotiations Best Practices



  • Assess Portfolio Strengths & Weaknesses

  • Decipher Performance for Follow-On Round

  • Receive Outside View on Marketplace, Competition, and What Corporate Brands are Buying



  • AKalAid Will Partner With Your Portfolio's on Go to Market & Sales

  • Identify High Potential and/or Underperforming Team Members

  • Portfolio's Will Have Access to Bootcamps & Best Practice Sessions on sales, negotiations, & industries



  • Faster Time to Market for Your Portfolio Companies

  • Faster Return on Your Investments

  • Mitigate Problems Within Your Portfolio Company

  • Better Deal Flow - Entrepreneurs That Feel Supported By Their VC, Speak to Other Entrepreneurs


Corporate Brands


  • Feedback on Brand Perception - Legacy Tech or Innovative?

  • Investigate Strength and Weaknesses in Your Procurement Process - Are You Making It Too Hard for Start-Ups?

  • Coach Team Members on How to Work Best With Start-Ups



  • Comprehensive Help Designing Your Innovation Lab

  • Access to Funnel of Start-Ups via AKalaid's Network

  • Help Deploy Your Innovation/POC Budget Most Effectively



  • Map KPI's of Successful Start-Up Engagement

  • Document Best Practices Within Your Company/Playbook to Replicate Successful Case Studies

  • Get Speaking Engagements to Advertise Your Story


Team AKalaid


Known throughout the start-up world as “AK-47,” Amy Kalokerinos is a hired gun frequently brought in by entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and investors to accelerate product development, sales, marketing, business development, and cross-border strategic optimization.


Early Career


Amy began her career in IBM where she spearheaded the product development and launch of IBM’s most successful software product to date. Following her senior sales roles at Buddy Media and Salesforce, she became Vice President at the premier branding and digital media agency  DigitasLBi. There, Amy built out the global strategic alliances program leveraged to service DLBi’s largest clients with innovative solutions from tech companies large and small.

Andreessen Horowitz

The $7 billion venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz who started as one of Amy’s strategic partners, hired Amy to build out their east coast and European operations, expanding international growth and optimization for the a16z portfolio. With one other seasoned partner, they successfully launched the a16z executive briefing center in NYC. Here entrepreneurs gained access to broad expertise to accelerate their business. Hosting over 200 executive briefings every year with the Fortune 500 and Global 2000, Amy has a unique perspective on what makes start-ups successful.



Amy founded AKalAid with the aim of leveraging her immense industry knowledge and unrivaled rolodex to aid and support ambitious Start-Ups and VC’s/PE’s. Through, AKalAid, Amy's team provides the inside track that puts her clients on the fast-track to success.


Martyn Jobber (is our EMEA Partner) who, throughout his career, has specialized in growing new businesses; be that starting EMEA operations for US companies, driving digital transformation within large corporates, or mentoring and advising on the EMEA start-up scene.  At the heart of Martyn’s approach is an obsession with the effective use of data to drive growth and revenue; from the basics of market mapping and brand positioning through to the critical Go-To-Market strategy.  He underpins this clarity of focus with deep experience in team-building and balancing skillsets.  

Martyn also mentors for Techstars and provides advisory services across a broad cross-section of sectors and technologies.



As one of the original members of Omniture in EMEA, Martyn was part of the core management team that scaled that business to a $1.8 billion sale to Adobe, and which now operates as the core of the Adobe Marketing Cloud. With a focus on sales and revenue, Martyn leads the EMEA Solutions Consulting team, spanning offices in London, Copenhagen, Paris, and Munich. 



Martyn joined the leadership team of the global telecommunications company with the remit to drive online sales, whilst leading digital innovation to build the brand into a multi-platform digital experience across the 8 countries for their 2.5 million customers. Over 4 years, Martyn helped the business increase margin, revenue, and digital sales by ramping up online activity as well as releasing a suite of digital products that matched the needs of their specific customer base.


Having been on the journey before, Martyn brings an empathic approach to new businesses and business transformation, whilst leveraging data to achieve the quickest way to reach business goals, with the best long term outcomes


What They Say

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 Mark Cranney, COO Skydio

(Former Operating Partner of Andreessen Horowitz & COO of SignalFX) 

“I recruited Amy (AK-47) Kalokerinos into Andreessen Horowitz because she was the best sales executive I had come across that had experience working in both the consumer and enterprise markets. She was highly impactful helping our portfolio company executives on all topics regarding Go-To-Market strategy. Amy’s rolodex and network in the US and in Europe was also extremely effective. AK-47 has my highest recommendation"


Michel Feaster

Co-Founder & CEO of Usermind 

"Usermind is a complex platform that solves several ongoing challenges for large organizations that not everyone understands. Amy was one of the few partners who really understood our business. She became the person who validated our model in meetings, who made us think about partners we might not have considered, introduced us to some of our biggest accounts, and gave me some of my best speaking engagements to date. Amy has become an incredible extension to our team"

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Dan Sincavage

 Co-Founder Tenfold

“Amy has an innate ability to understand the complex needs of enterprise organizations, mapping them to innovate technologies and teams that can deliver real value. She is thoughtful and direct in her feedback. Amy holds herself and the companies she brings to the table to an incredibly high standard. This leads to highly engaging and productive sessions with startup companies and corporations who know what to expect when they work with her" 

Trusted By Major Brands & Start-Ups Alike

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