The Curious Mind of Brian Grazer

The Curious Mind of Brian Grazer

Apollo 13, Splash, 8 Mile, A Beautiful Mind, Friday Night Lights, Arrested Development, 24 were all produced by Brian Grazer. Brian’s new book A Curious Mind (co-written with Charles Fishman) sets out a brilliant case for being curious throughout your life. Is there...
Final Call – Book Launch Parties

Final Call – Book Launch Parties

Next week you have 2 opportunities to join me to celebrate the launch of  The Acquirer’s Playbook. #1 – Tuesday – July 21st at Goulston & Storrs 400 Atlantic Avenue, Boston 6pm to 8pm Sign ups here Details here # 2 – Thursday July 23rd...
The Amazon Mystery

The Amazon Mystery

For the average entrepreneur making a loss means cash is getting lower. The business is hemorrhaging. Blood is leaving the patient. In the start-up world it’s called the runway. How much runway have I got? Perhaps your personal savings are being used to fund those...
The Portfolio Partnership – Relaunch

The Portfolio Partnership – Relaunch

Times change and markets change. Over the last few months I’ve been busy recalibrating the TPP practice to better serve the needs of the market. Rarely do I use the blog platform – The Smith Report – to explain The Portfolio Partnership, but I thought this was a...
A New M&A Cycle, An Old Problem

A New M&A Cycle, An Old Problem

The evidence is pouring in. M&A activity is bouncing along again. Just in the last three days I read these stories in the WSJ and Boston Globe. Health-care companies undertook $321 billion of acquisitions last year, more than double the $115 billion in 2013...
The Catch 22 of Scaling

The Catch 22 of Scaling

Scaling is Growth with CAPS – Control, Alignment, Predictability and Safety. Or in order of importance: Alignment, Control, Predictability and therefore Safety. But that doesn’t make a great mnemonic! But here is the problem. Most private businesses can’t scale...