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Infusionsoft Raises $54 Million; Best Places to Work; Influenza Help; The Photo!

"…keeping you great" 


Infusionsoft Raises $54 Million From Goldman Sachs
— our CRM
provider, that delivers these insights each week, continues to garner more great
support. But it's the photo CEO Clate Mask sent me that put a smile on my face –
see below, but first…

Raising Money: Conference Call Etiquette — 5 of the CEOs that requested help raising money, after I
put out the request a couple weeks ago, were 8 to 12 minutes late for the
conference call the funder set-up to discuss. They have a policy of being on
time and abandoning the call if the parties are more than 5 minutes late. If
four people are on the call, waiting for the fifth for 10 minutes, that's 40
minutes of lost productivity. Dial in a few minutes early and work email while
waiting. Courtesy matters.

Tear Up Your Priority List
– this
is my first LinkedIn "Influencers" piece
for those who already feel their
list of biz goals and New Year's resolutions are history – just week 4 into
2013! Take 2 minutes to see what you should do instead!

100 Best Companies to Work For – Fortune's
annual list is out
and Google is #1. Perks around health and wellness are a
key trend – from SAS's organic farm supplying their cafeteria to Google's 3
wellness centers to Dreamwork's fresh juice truck.

Take 2 minutes to click through the list for ideas

Influenza: Dosage Matters
— speaking of wellness, so many leaders I know are
suffering from the influenza. In a new study, HIGH dose Vitamin C and D reduced
symptoms 85%. With the onset of symptoms the researchers administered 1000 mg
orally (1 gram) per hour for the first six hours and then 3 grams per day
thereafter, a protocol I've followed for years, even with our children (I take 9
grams per day normally; dogs and cats produce a body equivalent weight of 15
grams per day as a comparison). Most
studies that claim Vitamin C has no impact on the common cold use such small
I'm never surprised of their poor results. Dosage matters with
traditional pharma products, same with vitamins.

Infusionsoft Raises $54 Million — using the money to improve product, invest in greater
services, and expand their customer base, Infusionsoft grew 53% last year, on a
$50 million run rate, and has plans to grow to $200 million with 100,000 small
business customers by the end of 2016. Their #1 priority for 2013 is to increase
their NPS (Net Promoter Score).

The Photo!
— notes Clate Mask, CEO of Infusionsoft, "one of my team members took a picture
of me while I was signing the deal (with Goldman Sachs). At the time, we were at
our monthly off-site meeting, working on our 2013 and mid-range plans. We were
frequently referring to your book that day and it happens to be in the picture.
You and The Rockefeller Habits are discussed on a weekly basis among our
leadership team. Your work has made a big impact on our company." Clate, thank
you and your team for being such great students of business – your results speak
volumes. Congratulations!

Verne Harnish
Verne Harnish
Verne Harnish is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants” and WEO’s “Advanced Business” executive program both held at MIT. Founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company with over 150 coaching partners on six continents, Verne has spent the past three decades helping companies scale-up. The “Growth Guy” syndicated columnist, he’s also the Venture columnist for FORTUNE magazine. He’s the author of Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0); Mastering the Rockefeller Habits; and along with the editors of Fortune, authored The Greatest Business Decisions of All Times," for which Jim Collins wrote the foreword. Verne also chairs FORTUNE Magazine’s annual Leadership and Growth Summits and serves on several boards including chairman of The Riordan Clinic and the newly launched Geoversity. He is an investor in many scale-ups. A father of four, he enjoys piano, tennis, and magic as a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.