Stop fighting fires. Start focusing.

Back when fire engines were horse-drawn carriages, Dalmatians ran alongside the horses to keep them focused and help them get to their destination.

Dalmatian Ops helps early-stage startup founders stay focused and move faster by taking care of business. We bring strategic guidance and hands-on support in operations so founders can build and sell. Startups are stressful - stress about the right stuff.

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Why work with us? Let our founders tell you.

A job well done means our founders have more time to do what they do best: building and selling.

Because Dalmatian is here, I have been able to put blinders on and go do sales. It feels amazing.

They are really experienced and know their stuff. One of the best hiring decisions I’ve made in building out the team.


Founder / Loci
We did this: switched accountants, prepared R&D
tax credits, and implemented their first CRM (& more!)

So they could do this: Launch their pivoted product and sell hard into enterprise customers (& enjoy some time with their newborn!)

Dalmatian Ops has been an invaluable partner in streamlining our day-to-day operations. As a young startup, we previously found ourselves expending time and effort on non-strategic tasks, resulting in inefficiencies and a lack of direction. I highly recommend them to founders and startups seeking to optimize operations and focus on meaningful growth.

Elizabeth F.

Founder / stealth startup in the cloud costs space
We did this: set goals, managed contractors, and organized project work (& more!)

So they could do this: go heads down and build their MVP

Ann Marie is a force. Dalmatian Ops has been a salve for my business (and my sanity!) at the chaotic, early stages of building a pre-seed company. She always does what she says she will, she does it faster than I expect, and proactively offers support on problems I didn’t even know I had. I can’t recommend Dalmatian highly enough -- they are our best kept secret.

Selena Strandberg

Founder / The Know
We did this: employed and paid their team for the first time, implemented their first CRM, and improved project management practices (& more!)

So they could do this: build out their product & work on delivering pilots to their first clients

Dalmatian Ops made launching and running our new company much easier. Working with them enabled us to focus on what we're good at and move quickly in our first few months.

Stealth founder

Founder / Stealth startup in fintech
We did this: incorporated, set up their first website, and ensured angel investors would qualify for a tax credit based on the business criteria (& more!)

So they could do this: raise money & land early agreements with their first customers

Who we help

Pre-seed and seed stage founders who have raised money or are in the process of raising.

We work with all tech startups, but we have found we are particularly helpful in the B2B space due to the heavy amount of the time the founder needs to spend selling.

How we help

We offer COO-level guidance and advice, but we also roll up our sleeves and give you hands-on execution support.

From setting quarterly goals to helping you pay your employees for the first time, we can help.

Why we do it

We believe early stage founders should be laser focused on product & sales so that they can find product-market fit.

There are a lot of things that need to happen to run a company effectively that don’t fall into those two buckets. That’s where we come in.

Interested in working together?

We are always looking to meet early-stage founders as well as those who serve them. You can also follow along by subscribing to our newsletter.

Early stage founders

Schedule a free consultation call today to see if we might be a fit for you. If not - we promise to still give you some actionable feedback on how you are running your business today!

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Ecosystem partners

If you're an early-stage investor or service provider who works with pre-seed and seed-stage companies and want to talk about opportunities to partner, get in touch with us below.

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About our founder

Ann Marie Guzzi

Founder, Dalmatian Ops

I've worked in high-growth startups where I had the chance to build products and verticals 0-to-1, ran a business in college, and I've also recently started to angel invest. Through these experiences, I have realized my true passions are in the earliest stages of company building. I started Dalmatian Ops because:

  • I love working with early-stage founders
  • Founders need more hands-on help, and less hands-off advice
  • A founder's ability to stay focused on product development & selling is one of the main reasons a startup makes it to product-market fit
  • Well-designed operations are important to running a great business, but not what should be keeping founders up at night