"… insights for scaleups"
|Ultimately the "learn-it-all" will always do better than the "know-it-all"|
|Satya Nadella, CEO Microsoft|
Next CEO Boot Camp Dec 12 – 15 — more below, but first…
Hit Refresh — Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella released his book Hit Refresh a few weeks ago. This 2-minute WSJ video highlights how he works. You can skip the first minute; start at 1:05 and learn how he runs a meeting and his key criteria for hiring. And how is Nadella a better leader than Bill Gates? The WSJ published an extensive interview with both (you need WSJ subscription), but this short excerpt shares Gates answer:
Take 30 seconds to read the rest. FYI, Microsoft's market cap is almost $600 billion, ahead of Facebook and Amazon by $100 billion. Not bad for a 41 year old tech firm.
Amazon's Core Competency Crushing Competitors — NYU Stern Professor Scott Galloway also has a new book out called The Four (Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google). This 2-minute Business Insider video has Galloway sharing what is allowing Amazon to crush their competitors and take on titans like NetFlix. In essence, it's cheap capital. Take the time to hear Galloway's take on the situation as he shares some amazing stats. It's why the "Cash" decision is often taken too lightly – it's a key constraint or competitive weapon. John Ratliff, in rolling up 24 call centers, had a key banking relationship that provided him the fuel to scale without a penny of his own capital.
The Accidental CEO (Gazelles case study) — one of the CEOs being honored in British Columbia, Canada, Allen Eaves spent more than three decades as a cancer researcher before launching a company that now employs 850 people and is scaling to a billion. Noted YPOer Neil Gregory-Eaves, CEO Aurelia Ventures in an email to me:
This Business Vancouver article details the success of Stemcell Technologies as 76-year-old Eaves has no thoughts of slowing down i.e. they just signed a 40-year lease on a new facility! Please take 2 minutes to read his incredible story – particularly the Q&A section on the right (why he shunned VC investment, the importance of having an international view, etc.) then make some 40 year plans for your own business.
Next CEO Boot Camp Dec 12 – 15 — our Marathon Retreat center survived Irma and we were able, with the efforts of a lot of people, host our latest CEO Boot Camp last week. Noted Ricardo Landa, Founder & CEO, LandCorp:
Given the response, we've just added the Dec 12 – 15 dates (starts Tuesday 6pm, ends Friday 2pm). Limited to 10 CEOs, it is a magical and powerful 3.5 days during which John Ratliff and I enjoy, immensely, working one-on-one with the CEOs and the group. It's a chance to prepare for 2018. For more info www.ceo-bootcamp.com
Macau, China Oct 25 – 27 — YPO International is hosting my 2.5 day Scaling Up workshop in Macau, China. Wei Chen is the Day Chair [email protected].
See You in St. Louis — look forward to meeting all of you and your teams attending our ScaleUp Summit next week.
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