5 Lessons From Home Depot’s Acquisition of Blinds.com

5 Lessons From Home Depot’s Acquisition of Blinds.com

Jay Steinfeld built Blinds.com into a $100 million e-tailer before selling out to Home Depot. Here are five things that made it a spectacular exit. 1. Win The Make vs. Buy Battle Companies like Home Depot have a “make or buy” decision when they see a competitor...
3 Surprising Reasons to Offer a Subscription

3 Surprising Reasons to Offer a Subscription

You can now buy a subscription for everything from dog treats to razor blades. Music subscription services are booming as our appetite to buy tracks is replaced by our willingness to rent access to them. Starbucks now even offers coffee on subscription. Why are so...
8 Ways to Elevate the Value of Your Small Business

8 Ways to Elevate the Value of Your Small Business

Someday you are going to transition ownership of your business to another owner either through a sale or a succession plan. If you hope to one day sell your business and reap the benefits there needs to be value. If you plan on succession, there will need to be...
Why Startups Stall

Why Startups Stall

Have you ever wondered why startup companies stop growing? Sometimes they run out of potential customers to sell to or their product starts losing market share to a competitor, but there is often a more fundamental reason: the founder(s) lose the stomach for it. When...
Why Now Is the Riskiest Time to Own Your Business

Why Now Is the Riskiest Time to Own Your Business

Most people think of starting a business as risky, but unless you invest a significant amount of start-up cash in your venture, you’re not really risking much other than your time. That changes if you’re lucky enough to get your business off the ground. As your...