Category: Entrepreneurship

VC Culture Ruins Companies

VC Culture Ruins Companies

The grow-at-all-costs venture capital culture of the past 20-plus years ruins companies. How? Far too much focus is placed on revenue growth at the expense of sound operations and profitability. Too many venture-backed companies grow at a pace that far outstrips those companies' ability to scale operations in a manner that supports growth. The result … Continue reading VC Culture Ruins Companies

Independence Day Edition

Independence Day Edition

To celebrate Independence Day we give you Milton Friedman's 10-part "Free To Choose" video series. Free To Choose – Vol. 01: “The Power of the Market” https://youtu.be/dngqR9gcDDw Free To Choose – Vol. 02: “The Tyranny of Control” https://youtu.be/CWgNe8v6KFc Free To Choose – Vol. 03: “Anatomy of Crisis” https://youtu.be/fKz6KrMGj3I Free To Choose – Vol. 04: “From Cradle to Grave.” https://youtu.be/ysf-5MdWDt0Continue reading Independence Day Edition

Was Your RIF Deep Enough?

Was Your RIF Deep Enough?

Not sure if your reduction in force ("RIF"), was deep enough? If you must ask yourself that question, the answer is "No". Many publicly-traded Technology CEOs are about to navigate their first recessionary environment. If you are still managing headcount as if you are a venture-owned and operated company, you are carrying far too much … Continue reading Was Your RIF Deep Enough?

Google To Dissolve Google Health

Google To Dissolve Google Health

Google Health's CEO is to become Cerner's CEO. Google will allocate its Health projects to different parts of the organization. This wreaks of government interference. Cerner and Epic are two prime examples of large, established Healthcare IT players that should have been acquired by some combination of Amazon, Apple, Google or Microsoft by now. The … Continue reading Google To Dissolve Google Health

Plan for the Worst. Hope for the Best.

Plan for the Worst. Hope for the Best.

The best management teams know to plan for the worst and hope for the best. COVID was a reminder to many business leaders that anything can come out of left field and blind side a business. Despite the COVID lesson we believe that many CEOs and CFOs take certain financial conditions for granted as if … Continue reading Plan for the Worst. Hope for the Best.

Link Variable Compensation To Desired Outcomes

Link Variable Compensation To Desired Outcomes

Too few CEOs fully leverage the power of variable compensation to drive desired employee behavior and outcomes Last week we discussed the AI CEO vs. the Cyborg CEO. Assuming we could build a CEO with perfect intelligence there remains the question of how that CEO should communicate with his/her direct reports and employee base so … Continue reading Link Variable Compensation To Desired Outcomes

Federal Unemployment  Benefits Will Be Extended In September

Federal Unemployment Benefits Will Be Extended In September

We doubled down on our bet that Federal unemployment benefits will be extended beyond September 6th after listening to Joe Biden tell us that the sky is not blue. The longer these enhanced Federal unemployment benefits remain in force the longer the Labor Participation Rate will remain below 2019 levels. This will continue to impact … Continue reading Federal Unemployment Benefits Will Be Extended In September

Michael Collins Was Everything Today’s CEOs Should Aspire To Be

Michael Collins Was Everything Today’s CEOs Should Aspire To Be

Selfless. Dedicated. Hard-working. Humble. Patriot. Hero. These are some of the adjectives that may be used to describe astronaut Michael Collins who passed away Wednesday at the age of 90. We started CEORater several years ago having grown concerned by the fact that investors, companies and CEOs had become overly short-term focused which is long-term … Continue reading Michael Collins Was Everything Today’s CEOs Should Aspire To Be