Thursday, 16 October 2008

Business expertise?

I am now looking at writing a set of books about the trials and tribulations of shepherding a business from the tiniest seed of an idea through to harvesting the fruit you have grown. This project currently looks like it will fall into four books:

Seeds of an idea

A seed contains the full definition of a plant even though the environment determines exactly how it grows. A company without a similar depth of vision will wither and die.

Getting funding

If a VC gives you funding they will want a third of your company. You need to decide whether you really need money and if so what is the best way to get it. If you are going for money you need to know how to maximise the money in and minimise the equity out.

Growing pains

Companies grow away from the values that made them successful in the first place. Why does this happen and how can you stop it?

Cutting loose

The difference between a lifestyle company and a scalable business is whether it can think for itself. If you want business success you need to learn to make yourself redundant.

There is some interest in this, at least in part due to my history in the area, so I will not be serialising this online for the foreseeable future.