M&A Lingo for CEO’s – 15 MUST-know Terms

CEO giving talk about M&A and Private Equity phrases

If you own or run a private business, chances are Private Equity firms are knocking on your door. But if you aren't prepared for the unique language of private equity and M&A, conversations will leave you lost-in-translation, or worse, left in the dust by your PE-backed competitors. To stay ahead of the game, every business owner, CEO, CFO, and President should know with these key terms for when acquirers come a-knockin: 1.) Turns / … [Read more...]

Project Vesto – A call to arms

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Out of the ashes of recession A state born of the battle, reinvents itself Makes opportunity in a deserted land Turns loss into opportunity And gives new life in an empty void $100,000 pooled To start new hope To launch a new Nevada business Not what the Project wants What we the people need Not California rebranded Not in Nevada for the sake of a state-shaped logo But because we are from here We were born in a great struggle We … [Read more...]

Elko to Host Startup Weekend for Entrepreneurs

Reblogged from SWElko: Elko to Host Startup Weekend for Entrepreneurs Startup Weekend Elko will connect local innovators and startup enthusiasts to share ideas and launch companies ELKO, NV – Startup Weekend, a national grassroots business-launching event, is coming to Northern Nevada, September 28-30, 2012. Startup Weekend Elko will connect local entrepreneurs, developers, designers and startup enthusiasts with mentors and … [Read more...]

One Sand-Skeeball-Sculpture at a Time

Building sandcastles and other sand structures is incredibly similar to being an entrepreneur. Everyone on the beach has the tools and resources to do so right in front of them, but few try for one reason or another. Perhaps some have never thought to try, they do not have the creative vision. Others might think it a cool idea, think back on times as a child, and say, "Well I will be shunned by society if I try; and I'm likely no good at it … [Read more...]

Even Reno Landscape Companies Kill it with Social Media Marketing!

"We sold $150,000 in one day though, can you believe that?" - Small-time Reno Landscape Guy Social Media Marketing isn't just for the chic & trendy businesses anymore. This morning I must have walked in on good 'ol boys landscaping industry meeting at Starbucks. Okay it was definitely nothing official but four guys from different landscaping companies were definitely having coffee together this morning... Collusion in Landscaping … [Read more...]

Are MBA’s a Waste of Time for Engineers?

What society thinks I do, what my former coworkers think I do, what my friends think I do, what my parents think I do, what I think I do, what I really do

I know the feeling, wanting to get out of the monotonous routine, get out from the cubicle, and get away from your boring boss that has been working for the firm for 30 years. I've been there and I am seeing more and more that many engineers get that same itch. That need to use the other half of your brain, to engage that creative nature that has been suppressed. The desire to act on a vision, build with your hands, mix it up, do what feels … [Read more...]

Natural Inelasticity: Providing Value instead of Value Engineering

"Sell to the classes, eat with the masses. Sell to the masses, eat with the classes." - Henry Ford One recent point in my class on Economics and the Firm looked at how to maximize revenue in a business from the standpoint of an economist. The example has been, "If you increase the price of your product by 10% and you lose less than 10%, you likely aren't charging enough and haven't maximized your marginal revenue." Once you  lose the same … [Read more...]

Julia Boorsten of CNBC: I have an Inbound Marketing lesson for you

Facebook's IPO is obviously a landmark achievement; $16 Billion raised in no time, $104 Billion Market Cap, estimated wealth in excess of $20 Billion for Mark... Well done guys. One of the big concerns prior to the Facebook IPO has been GM's announcement (or leak) that it was pulling away advertising on Facebook, and asking why would GM do and say that now. Earlier today I was watching the Facebook Special on CNBC's PowerLunch when something … [Read more...]

How Google Went Kung-Fu Panda on SEO

Kung Fu Panda and Google Logo saying I ate Spam for Breakfast

The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost... Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is dead. Great companies don’t fake it, and Google is out to force that hand. In the past search simply focused on providing the best results for the keywords used. It didn't matter how great your site looked or how valuable the content was, as long as you had your SEO con-men or some smart … [Read more...]

Venture Socialist? – Value Over Risk & Return

Guy with Cowboy hat and white shirt hitchhiking to Reno in Nevada

One June 16th, 2010 I wrote the following on my old blog @ dananimal.blogspot.com: If I could give one thing to the world... one thing that would change it and sustain it... it would be the oxymoron of a non-profit organization that's goal and purpose in life is to create, invest in, support, and build sustainable businesses... an organization that reinvests what is earned into the community and the world around it... building businesses not … [Read more...]