In reflecting on many years of experience on boards, as a Chair and board member of companies and non-profit organizations and as a CEO, I believe that the roles of a company board can be boiled down to five:
Owning a small business is a little like having your first child.There is no instruction manual on what to do, much of the success comes from one's own instincts and there is no shortage of people who will give advice – some good and some bad
When middle market private equity (PE) firms acquire a controlling interest in a company, their agenda for the new portfolio company is typically aggressive.
Although middle market companies account for over half of U.S. jobs and a third of tax receipts, their issues are often underrepresented in governmental policy-making.The Small Business Administration represents the interests of small companies, at least those looking for the various kinds of SBA financing.
In my last article I discussed employee alignment and the importance of promptly identifying internal or external factors that can cause employee or market misalignment.
How often do we hear this sad refrain from the CEO or CFO of an emerging growth company: “If only my Bank would expand my credit, all of my problems would disappear!”?
In the first article in this series I discussed the opportunities and challenges facing companies that are in the later stages of being VC owned and are still founder managed.
“80% of senior leaders believe their Company delivers superior customer service while only 8% of their customers agreed.”-- Bain and Company.
Sunday, May 18, 2014, a profile of a business turnaround featured Newport Northern California Partner and retail industry expert, Helen Bulwik. Helen appeared on the popular MSNBC show Your Business, giving expert family business advice to a family-owned business in Monterey, CA.
Almost six months into 2014, the current state of the U.S. venture capital industry is robust. Forbes reports that 2013 was the strongest year since 2007 for the VC industry, thanks in large part to a reviving IPO market for VC-backed IPOs in 2013 (82 such IPOs raised $11.2 billion according to the National Venture Capital Association.).
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