"…insights for scaleups"
|Those who live in the shadow of death are often those who live most.|
|R.I.P Stephen Hawking, The Guardian|
The Sumo Advantage — co-founder of TrueCar.com Bernie Brenner has written a powerful (and quick read at 151 pages) book on the importance of identifying, wooing, and working with massive partners – sumos! This was the key to YEO's early growth when I partnered with both MIT and Inc. magazine in launching the "Birthing of Giants" executive program (now EMP). With just 156 members, these partnerships helped propel YEO (now EO) to 7500 members before the Inc. partnership ended.
When it was time to scale Gazelles I did the same, striking a partnership with Fortune magazine which lasted 16 years. Many of the techniques for attracting and maintaining these critical relationships are outlined in Brenner's book. SPro and book club members will get a copy next week – and Brenner is keynoting our upcoming ScaleUp Summit May 22 – 23, New Orleans. Which Sumos should you partner with?
New Sumo Partner — We're excited to announce Bloomberg Live will be our new 2018 Spring ScaleUp Summit media partner. As part of this collaboration, 30 of our ScaleUp CEO's will be eligible to apply and join Bloomberg's Breakaway membership (annual dues just $2500) which includes an invitation to their Breakaway CEO Summit June 20-21 in New York City.
ScaleUp delegates will join current Breakaway members (who are CEOs of established industry leaders and emerging disruptors), Bloomberg hosts and Verne Harnish at this year's event. To learn more about membership qualifications or if interested in being considered as a delegate please contact our [email protected] [email protected] or email me [email protected].
Bad Sumo? — this TechCrunch article titled "When Venture Capital Becomes Vanity Capital" poses the question "would you rather be the founder of Zappos or Wayfair?" Most savvy students at Harvard choose Zappos, and Tony Hsieh did well when he sold to Amazon. But the founders of Wayfair, who held off raising outside money until they had over $500 million in revenue made 10x Hsieh when their company IPO'd. The key is to take as little capital as possible for as long as possible – plus early dilution has other negative consequences as the article outlines. Instead, get your customers to fund your growth as detailed in John Mullins' book The Customer Funded Business. Or consider bank debt – money is really cheap right now. Please take 2 minutes to read then rethink raising money!
FrogSlayer Scales 80%+ per Year with 2x – 3x Industry Profits (Gazelles case study) — Ross Morel, President & CEO of College Station, TX-based custom software developer FrogSlayer, shared some fun facts after turning around his company in 2014 using Scaling Up. Noted Morel:
Please note the "Debt/investment" bullet point! Morel went on to note "I've been attending the summits since 2013 and have brought my leadership team to the past few. We'll be in New Orleans in May." And he's implemented the BetterBookClub, sharing:
Morel also noted he will participate in the October CEO Boot Camp if you want to learn how he's applied Scaling Up to garner these results. Leaders are learners! Congratulations Ross on all your firm's success.
CEO-BOOTCAMP: spend 3.5 days with Verne, serial entrepreneur John Ratliff, and 9 other CEOs in a beautiful retreat setting, addressing the constraints holding you back, your business, and your industry. May 29 – June 1 (YPO-only); October 2 – 5; and January 15 – 18, 2019.
EXITING: Thinking about selling the business for $40 million or more? Want to get 25% to 200% more than you thought? Request the whitepaper from the Exit Strategies Summit at Harvard from Denise Richmond at (610) 299-6466 or email at [email protected]
Have you ever wondered if working with a coach might accelerate your company's growth, exponentially? Do you have what it takes to move the dial from good to great? Click here to watch Gazelles International President Keith Cupp describes the four most important attributes of successful clients. Contact us at [email protected] for more information.
And if you're interested in becoming a world-class certified Gazelles International coach, please go to gicoaches.com/becomeacoach for more information. If you determine that we're a fit and wish to join our premier organization, we invite you to contact our Dir. of Coach Engagement at [email protected] or 877.217.2253 ext.700.
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