May 02, 2021
PRENTISS UCHIDA: Entrepreneur Catalyst


Prentiss Uchida is an Entrepreneur Catalyst. His business coaching, mentoring and consulting services, honed over 50 years of launching successful start-ups and holding management positions in various organizations has made a profound difference in the lives of countless entrepreneurs.

His heart-centered, mind-opening approach to business sparks insight, clarity, confidence, and the kind of inner knowing that enables entrepreneurs-at-the-crossroads to learn quickly, adapt, and make the kind of wise choices that lead to success.

Bottom line, Prentiss teaches people how to fish in the often turbulent waters of 21st century business. And he does so with integrity, warmth, and wisdom.

Knowing that experience is the best teacher, Prentiss establishes the kind of relationship with his clients that allows them to understand new inputs quickly, apply them to their current challenges, and mine the depths of their past experiences in a way that elicits insight.

The compass Prentiss abides by in his entrepreneurial coaching efforts? Something he calls the "feel good guide" -- the evolved, but often hidden, aspect of human intelligence that has a knack for getting to the heart of the matter quickly. Indeed, actions that originate from this state of awareness create the kind of forward movement that radically increases the odds of success.


At the core of Prentiss' business coaching is a great wisdom, honed from a lifetime of learning, service, street smarts, and a deep commitment to tapping into the source of success.

As Clifford Stoll, American Astronomer and author once wrote: "Data is not information. Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not understanding. Understanding is not wisdom." And it is this wisdom -- translated into action -- that Prentiss helps entrepreneurs discover in themselves. The end goal is to provoke and help bring along as many entrepreneurs as possible, to their own personal success.


"In just five minutes, Prentiss provided me with the information and insights I needed to clarify my path forward -- a path it would have taken me months to come up with on my own." -- Ritchie Polido

"Prentiss Uchida is the best business mentor I've ever had -- and I've had at least five before him. Bottom line, Prentiss helped me go from zero to more than $1 million in sales. His patience and understanding inspired me to continue with my business when I wanted to give up." -- Peter Turcios

"The expertise and precision of Prentiss' business coaching is incredibly rare! As a result of his efforts, I have experienced a tremendous boost of confidence. His style of coaching fully connected with my needs and directed me to what I needed to do first. Without his help I would be still procrastinating." -- Alima Brya

"Prentiss was able to evaluate my vague description of my business and get to the essence of what was wrong. He cut through my confusion and enabled me to determine where to direct my efforts. I didn't always want to hear what he had to say, but his counsel was right on. I appreciated working with someone who held me accountable, despite my excuses." -- Frank Joel

"Prentiss Uchida understands business and is able to provide insight into the heart of the matter with very little information. He provided valuable feedback that helped me evaluate my business in new ways to change my core strategies. Locked doors opened for me." -- Adam Harn

"Excellent insight and advice." -- Gregory Johnson

"Prentiss Uchida is amazing, awesome, informative, super professional and a very nice man. I am so grateful for his support. He is the kind of person I aspire to be like." -- Jennifer West

"Prentiss Uchida is a great business coach." -- Peter Campbell

"The experience, guidance and information I received from Prentiss exceeded my expectations." -- Tom Alleeson

"Prentiss Uchida is not only a great business coach, he is also a sage. For the past 30 years, whenever I got stuck or confused in the process of growing my business, Prentiss was always there for me with the kind of questions, perspective, and insights that sparked breakthroughs. Prentiss has a knack for distilling down complex matters into ways that less business-savvy people, like me, can get in a heartbeat. And he does it with kindness, clarity, and humor." -- Mitch Ditkoff


Prentiss Uchida, born in San Jose, California, grew up on a farm and then, with his family, for three and a half years, was imprisoned in a War Relocation Center, before moving back to San Jose. He received a BA in Mathematics from San Jose State University and, upon completing college, worked for the Lockheed Missile and Space Company. During the next 50 years, Prentiss held a variety of management positions in both private and public companies. He was one of the Founders and CEO of Vector General (a pioneer in 3D graphics and CAD whose system was used in the original Star Wars movie), CEO of the Inner Game Corporation (a training and development company founded by Tim Gallwey), CEO of Secom General (a NASDAQ mini-conglomerate of automotive component manufacturers), Director of Instar Infomatique (a French medical software company), Director of Kahootz (an enterprise software company), and Managing Director of VanderBolt GmbH (a German technology transfer company). He has also crashed and burned as a commodity trader -- one more source of humility.

Prentiss is currently a mentor for SCORE, a member of the Board of Directors for the Heart Mountain Foundation, and a member of the Board of Directors of WAFA, a Denmark NGO. Previously, he has served on the Advisory Board of Stanford University's WEMA Executive Institute and on the Los Angeles Board of Directors for the United Way. Prentiss currently lives in Moorpark, California and has three grown children and four grandchildren. When he's not coaching and provoking aspiring entrepreneurs, he is practicing yoga, playing his guitar, and writing songs.


Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at May 2, 2021 10:08 PM

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