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Keeping Culture and Engagement During COVID-19

In the last ten years, we’ve seen a trend towards more remote and work from home employees. Largely, this type of work arrangement has been a huge benefit for employees who are seeking flexibility with their home and work balance. In the last three weeks as our new...

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What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Barstool Sports

The growth in technology and media over the last few years has produced several notable examples of scrappy start-ups that disrupt massive markets and, in the process, disintermediate their much larger competitors.  By the time such start-ups become household names,...

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Financial Versus Strategic Buyers

As we’ve shared on this blog before, scale-up entrepreneurs are often so busy leading their companies through the Hyper-Growth phase of the Entrepreneurial Company Lifecycle™ that they neglect to step back from the day-to-day grind of running their businesses to...

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Exit Plan

As we’ve shared before, we think the Entrepreneurial Company Lifecycle™ perfectly illustrates the important milestones of both growth companies, as well as growth oriented entrepreneurs who intend to replicate business success over and over (whether within their...

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Acquisitions

As entrepreneurs, at some point during the life of our companies, we encounter opportunities to acquire another business as part of our growth strategy. Unfortunately, the process of acquiring another company is often made unnecessarily complex by advisors and others...

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Systems and Processes

In prior blog posts we’ve discussed some great topics like Core Values, Culture and Strategy, which as entrepreneurs we can easily sink our teeth into and enthusiastically pursue.  For many of you, the mere mention of “systems and process” may cause your eyes to glaze...

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Education and Coaching

Think for a moment about all of the knowledge and experience that you have accumulated to this point in your life.  For many of us, we have gained these insights through both education (formal and informal) and simply by doing things.  Some of us have been fortunate...

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Start-Ups versus Scale-Ups

The business environment in the United States today tends to shower attention and praise on two segments – the monolithic giants and the glamorous start-ups.  Yet, lost in the middle, are the companies that employ millions of people and provide the fuel that drives...

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