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What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Barstool Sports

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

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

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

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

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

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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Strategy

Strategy

The word “strategy” is perhaps one of the most over-used, yet least understood terms used in business.  Indeed, those who benefit from complexity often shroud the term in mystery and give the impression that we must align ourselves with “oracle” who can help us...

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Company Culture – More than Buzz Words and Platitudes

Company Culture – More than Buzz Words and Platitudes

Visit any blog or magazine focused on business and entrepreneurship, and frequently you will find something about culture or employee engagement. Often the author is sharing the latest trend on company culture: from rock-climbing walls, yoga studios or some other...

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Dream On

Dream On

  The Dream On program was created by John Ratliff and his team at Appletree Answers as a way to strengthen employee engagement and build a meaningful company culture. While at first John and the team were uncertain about the impact Dream On would have inside the...

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