Introducing “Allocators” Webinar Series

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[…]

Different. Right. Boring. Crazy.

Our 32 small business owning investment partners are familiar with this slide. This slide is in the deck we use when describing the Little Engine Ventures partnership. It explains how Daryl and I try to think about business investment opportunities. We also find it is how our small business owning partners have made decisions in Read more about Different. Right. Boring. Crazy.[…]

Annual Letters of Private Partnerships

I have been authoring an annual narrative of my businesses since age twenty two. I started the process with my loan officer in mind. The audience quickly morphed to include my future self. I wanted to address the anticipated question: “What were you thinking?!” I launched Little Engine Ventures in the summer of 2016 and Read more about Annual Letters of Private Partnerships[…]

Persistence Before Mastery

We have all heard the phrase ‘quality over quantity,’ right? Well, I recently heard the statement ‘quantity before quality’ and really appreciated it. Before mastery, one must persist through a substantial quantity. A child’s first shot at the basketball hoop is poorly formed and only miraculously made. People are not born master pianists. A true Read more about Persistence Before Mastery[…]

Selection of Business Partners

Much has been written of selecting an investment manager. What about managers selecting investors? Some of my favorite authorship on this subject is from Warren Buffett in his 1960’s partnership letters. In these annual letters he repeats the concern about compounded costs incurred by employers of large institutions who overlay their own reputational risk upon Read more about Selection of Business Partners[…]