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Cars & Capital: It Takes a Team

Continuing the NASCAR theme, today’s blog touches on the subjects of control (keeping drivers in the driver’s seat) and teamwork (a sponsor vs. a team). Any experienced driver will tell you that the secret to successful racing is “power under control” – determining that delicate balance...

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Similarities of Small Business Private Equity and the Big Business of NASCAR

With the presidential race in our rear view mirror, the attention of the nation is now free to join NASCAR Nation in riveted anticipation, as the Chase for the Sprint Cup comes down to the wire. While perennial favorite Jimmie Johnson remains in the...

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The Fifth, but possibly most Important “M” … MOMENTUM

Sir Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion is often stated as: “An object at rest stays at rest, and an object in motion stays in motion – with the same speed and in the same direction – unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”...

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Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder Have a Swing Coach – Shouldn’t You?

The 2012 World Series has once again proven to be a riveting display of ambition and athleticism, as the Tigers and Giants have combined for several heart-stopping moments in what is shaping up to be a contest for the ages. Powering the Detroit squad...

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Organization to Owner: “It’s Not You, It’s Your MONEY” (Part 5 of 5)

In Part 1 of this of this series, we leveraged the cliché “It’s Not You, It’s Me” as a metaphor, drawing a direct parallel between the dynamics of evolving human relationships and the strikingly similar and inevitable changes in the relationship between entrepreneurs and...

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Organization to Owner: “It’s Not You, It’s Your MODEL” (Part 4 of 5)

In Part 1 of this of this series, we leveraged the cliché “It’s Not You, It’s Me” as a metaphor, drawing a direct parallel between the dynamics of evolving human relationships and the strikingly similar and inevitable changes in the relationship between entrepreneurs and...

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Organization to Owner: “It’s Not You, It’s Your MANAGEMENT” (Part 3 of 5)

In Part 1 of this of this series, we leveraged the cliché “It’s Not You, It’s Me” as a metaphor, drawing a direct parallel between the dynamics of evolving human relationships and the strikingly similar and inevitable changes in the relationship between entrepreneurs and...

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Organization to Owner: “It’s Not You, It’s Your MARKET” (Part 2 of 5)

In Part 1 of this of this series, we leveraged the cliché “It’s Not You, It’s Me” as a metaphor, drawing a direct parallel between the dynamics of evolving human relationships and the strikingly similar and inevitable changes in the relationship between entrepreneurs and...

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Organization to Owner: “It’s Not You, It’s Me” (Part 1 of 5)

Rather than enduring another bland Ohio State football game, at least one Evolution Capital Partner spent the first Saturday of autumn enjoying Rob Reiner’s seasonal classic When Harry Met Sally, a “coming of middle-age” movie, set amidst a backdrop of beautiful fall foliage, and...

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Why Quantitative Easing is Bad for Small Business

It seems you can’t watch the news or read a financial journal these days without running into a commentary featuring an impassioned opinion regarding the Federal Reserve’s strategy of flooding the market with cash in a move called Quantitative Easing (The Trilogy).  While there...

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The Paradox of Risk Management in Football and Funding Growth

The September kickoff of the NFL season provides a panoramic backdrop for exploring the ironic and counterintuitive nuances of corporate risk management as it relates to leading and scaling emerging high-growth companies in an era defined by economic uncertainty. Gridlock on the Gridiron How...

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No Man’s Land is No Day at the Beach

According to AAA, over 33 million Americans used the long Labor Day weekend to travel at least 50 miles from home, representing a 2.9% increase from 2011.  Like Leatherback turtles returning to their nesting grounds, the misty call of the salty sea-air  – combined...

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National Election = Natural Selection: How Private Citizens and Private Equity Pick Winners

Last night, the 2012 Republican National Convention came to a climatic (albeit predictable) close, with Mitt Romney accepting the party’s nomination to run against the Democratic incumbent in the upcoming presidential election.  Unlike Obama’s meteoric rise to power, Romney’s political journey has taken a...

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What Tennis Pros Can Teach CEOs About Corporate Strategy

With summer camps and swimming pools all poised to close down for the summer, it’s nice to know that at least one popular pastime will soon be open for business. On Monday August 27th the US Open kicked off their annual competition featuring the...

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