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I had a call earlier today with one of our managers. Daryl’s usually the guy that works most closely with him. Since we hadn’t talked in awhile we were just catching up before getting down to business. The topic centered around how much has changed in our world in just the last couple weeks. The Read more about What isn’t changing?[…]
Like a lot of near 40 year old fathers, I’ve learned to use humor to cut through a tense situation. Of late, I’ve had extra time with three hormonal women in my house (wife and two daughters), and a seven year old daughter (#4) who likes to say, “Dad, where did I get my weirdness?” Read more about Hug a Bear[…]
Last Friday, Alex from the Think Like An Owner Podcast texted me to ask if we could do a quick catchup on his podcast. We recorded a quick episode that night and it is now available. Nothing has changed too drastically in the Little Engine Ventures world since then. Getting to see into so many Read more about LEV update on TLAO Podcast[…]
The viral blizzard of COVID-19 is sweeping across our country as I write. Fear struck the markets. Employees have concerns for their health and income. Most individuals I have interacted with appear calm, while they speak of someone very close to them who is in a near state of panic. We all know someone who Read more about Leadership in Trying Times[…]
My evolution as a business owner began in the most primary of schools… commodities. The term “marketing” on a row crop farm meant committing one’s self to a price –be it a present cash price, or a future’s contract and an unknown basis. No advertising required. No salesmanship required. My exploration off the farm began Read more about Present Thoughts on Advertising[…]
If you’re familiar with the Business Model Canvas, you know the central component is the Value Proposition. a value proposition makes a case for why a customer should pick one product over another, citing the unique value the product provides over its contenders. Business model canvas: Creating a Value Proposition … I was sitting in Read more about Unique Hiring Proposition[…]
Another post inspired by some tweets… I agree with Tim that equity can be a good incentive at any size of business but that it is easier in larger or fast growing firms. But attracting isn’t the only thing. Once you attract you have to retain. At a smaller company with a longer term growth Read more about Aligned Incentives[…]
Notes & Commentary on “Common Stocks & Uncommon Profits” by Phil A Fisher (with applications to private companies)
I recently re-read Phil A Fisher’s classic, “Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits.” After first speed-reading a book, I return to those I think worthwhile, and the second time through take notes. On subsequent times I refine my notes. Below are my refined notes after several re-reads. Most of the words are the authors. Any errors Read more about Notes & Commentary on “Common Stocks & Uncommon Profits” by Phil A Fisher (with applications to private companies)[…]
Last night at Toastmasters a friend named Sazzadur delivered a speech on active listening, inspired by Julian Treasure. He said most of us hear but do not listen. We must engage our minds on the subject at hand to truly comprehend. Afterward I thanked him and told the story of the ‘Invisible Gorilla’ where a Read more about Patience to Read Something Not Yet Understood[…]
One of our investment partners forwarded me and Daryl the latest Brain Food newsletter from Shane at Farnam Street. He highlighted this portion. The continuum of Problem-solving: You solve the visible problem. You avoid the problem. When solving visible problems, it’s easy to signal value creation to others. If you work in a large organization Read more about Starting Fires[…]