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Little Engine Ventures (LEV) acquired 100% of Skydive Indianapolis from Indiana Skydive Center on April 19, 2019. Skydive Indy was founded and owned by Bob Dougherty. Dougherty launched the business more than 30 years ago from Greensburg, IN. The business was relocated to Frankfort, IN after a tornado hit the Greensburg airport. Skydive Indy is Read more about Little Engine Ventures acquires Skydive Indianapolis[…]
What is business ownership? Why would anyone want to own a business? Why would we want to own a whole lot of them? These are questions I’ve been pondering for about 20 years. But I don’t think I had the language enough in my own head to realize it until about a year ago. Spending Read more about The Nature of the Firm[…]
A few week’s ago I received a copy of Max Yoder’s book, “Do Better Work.” I’ve met Max a few times over the years. We even shared a stage once at The Combine conference in Bloomington. So that I’m familiar with Max but don’t know him super well is the point. But in those brief Read more about Do Better Work[…]
Two years ago I set out to read the 100 most influential books of all time as part of my comprehensive reading plan. I recently completed Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged.” I immediately purchased “The Fountainhead.” This is dangerous writing. Rand introduces us to a form of ethics and philosophy that was dubbed Objectivism in the Read more about Considering Ayn Rand’s Objectivism[…]
Earlier this week Colin King said he felt like I had just awoken from a nap. Mikel said he thought I went super-sonic. Frankly, I’m not sure if I have a better description. Part of me wants to say that I let my foot off the brake and lurched forward. As I prepare for spring Read more about Waking Up From a Nap[…]
I have been editing our investment thesis for years now. One thing I can say for sure is that it is subject to further revision. Nonetheless, I find the reflection and editing helpful. Have you written your thesis? How often is it updated? In this post I provide definitions, examples from Little Engine Ventures, and Read more about Developing an Investment Thesis[…]
Today, I am pleased to announce a new type of gathering we have dubbed “Allocators.” We are meeting via webinar in large part because Daryl doesn’t want to drive that much. Secondly (and somewhat more seriously), we want to connect with and help investors and current business owners outside of our target geography. The ideal Read more about Introducing “Allocators” Webinar Series[…]
I owe my blog readers an apology. I recently completed two books by William Zinsser: “On Writing Well” and “Writing to Learn.” In both books Zissner goads his students to be organized and write without noise. Clear writing is clear thinking. What good is a passage if it does not deliver a sound conclusion? The Read more about Apology for Noise[…]
A few years ago I gave a talk at the locally organized TEDx event at Purdue University. One of our Executive on Deck candidates found it. Bonus points to her for the good background research on us. It feels a bit pretentious to tell you to watch me ramble on about my entrepreneur journey for Read more about Redeeming Entrepreneurship[…]
On February 15, 2019, Magic Glass Holdings, LLC (“Magic Glass”) acquired the assets of Autoglass Express (“AGX”) of 505 Farabee Drive, Lafayette, IN from Ron Whitaker. AutoGlass Express provides mobile autoglass service in the Greater Lafayette region. Whitaker will stay involved for the foreseeable future. He will help the team deliver the same quality and Read more about Magic Glass acquires Autoglass Express[…]