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On July 18, 2019, Little Engine Ventures (“LEV”) acquired AgVenture D&M from Mike Davis and Mike Mullen. AgVenture was founded in 1983 in Kentland, Indiana. The regional seed business prioritizes product development, agronomic research and information systems to help farmers achieve maximize economic yield. “Our business is evolving to better serve farmers now and into Read more about Little Engine Ventures Acquires AgVenture D&M[…]
A blog post entitled “Spending Your Life” is probably a bit extreme. But what choice is more extreme than how you choose to allocate your time? Despite the fact we did not acquire a company this month, June 2019 has been a doozy. Maybe the tidal wave of ramifications caught up with me? Perhaps I Read more about Spending Your Life[…]
Our friend from Fort Wayne, Mark Hagar, had Daryl and Mikel on his podcast, Your Business Matters. We discussed all things Little Engine Ventures. Thanks for having us on, Mark!
A few days ago a friend emailed asking if I had any advice on some issues she is seeing in her organization that she attributes to the scaling up that is happening. She works in a non-profit setting. But neither of us like to let something like a tax designation get in the way of Read more about Scaling Up[…]
Back in February we announced the formation of the Little Engine Ventures Book Club. Just now I mailed out books #49 and #50. I have to say this has been one of the more fun business experiments I’ve done. I don’t know yet what, if any, impact it actually has on our goal to be Read more about 50 Books = 50 not sucky meetings[…]
In stand up comedy and jazz, the participants act and react according to a few simple rules. (1) accept actions of the other contributors and (2) maintain rhythm. Perhaps there are other rules like staying around a particular topic or remaining in the same key, but generally those rifts are more akin to guidelines of Read more about Improvisation[…]
On May 16 I moderated a panel for the Purdue Research Foundation’s Office of Technology Commercialization’s annual Purdue Technology Showcase. The panel consisted of a venture capitalist, two industry executives, and a college dean. The questions for the panel centered around them sharing their experiences working with innovators. The answers to one of the earlier Read more about A (small) team sport[…]
Local mead and cider maker to join neighborhood craft brewer. On May 20, 2019 New Day Craft merged with Fountain Square Brewery. Both brands established themselves in the Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis, Indiana. Today, the brands ship packaged craft beers, meads, ciders, and spritzers across Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and most recently New York City. Read more about New Day Craft Merges with Fountain Square Brewery[…]
by Daryl B. Starr What is “capital allocation?” Why is understanding the first principles of this discipline important? Allow me to pontificate. Investment is a choice to bear uncertainty with an intention to realize a profit. The actions that proceed from this choice are allocation. Allocation is defined as resource assignment for a given purpose. Read more about Principles of Capital Allocation[…]
At times I feel really selfish. At other times I feel really generous. For a long time I’ve described MatchBOX as the thing that I wish had existed when I started DelMar. Right out of college I was working out of my spare bedroom and coffee shops. Even though I had been in Lafayette for Read more about Selfish ideas, generous actions[…]