LESSONS FROM FOUNDING, GROWING, BUYING, SELLING, COACHING, AND INVESTING IN SMBS

New podcast episode is up (link below), and is especially relevant for CEOs, so as aspiring CEOs and SMB business leaders I hope you'll check it out. In it I interview Rich Manders, a serial SMB entrepreneur who is now a CEO Coach with Freescale Coaching. Rich can be best described as the "Entrepreneur's Entrepreneur", and has played seemingly every role that one can play within the SMB ecosystem: Founder, Operator, Acquirer, Seller, and Coach, just to name a few.

Rich grew one of his businesses, iAutomation, from $0 to $90M in sales (now the subject of a Harvard Business School case study) before selling it to a Private Equity Firm, and after continuing on in the CEO role alongside his PE parent, sold it again for an 8x multiple of capital and a 50% IRR. Among (many) other things, I ask Rich about:

- How to incorporate the private equity operating "playbook" within SMBs

- Whether CEOs should use options or equity to attract/retain talent

- How much cash CEOs should keep on their balance sheets

- What differentiates successful acquisitions from unsuccessful ones

- Best time management practices for CEOs

- The unique operational challenges that high growth presents to CEOs

- What life on the other side of an exit truly looks and feels like

- ...and many other questions

Listen in your browser (incl. show notes and downloadable transcript): Rich Manders: Lessons from Founding, Growing, Buying, Selling, Coaching, and Investing in SMBs

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