January 28, 2019

My father died last Sunday at age 73, and we’re burying him tomorrow.  As a good friend who had also suddenly and unexpectedly lost a parent said, I'm now a member of the shittyest club ever.  This blog post is about my dad.  

Michael J. Valentine was a pretty...

January 1, 2019

Most of you have probably heard the buggy whip metaphor - the (completely fair) comparison between those tools used to prod horses that pulled wagons or carriages and more modern-day products that will soon suffer the same fate of obsolescence.  When companies are so f...

February 19, 2018

A relatively new term used in growth technology companies, particularly those with a software focus, is “Product" - a combination of product strategy (pricing, packaging), product management (market problems, requirements), and product marketing (competitive intelligen...

October 16, 2017

Such a buzz in Rochester these days!  New restaurants are opening (anyone else tried Bitter Honey yet?), cultural institutions are expanding (see the Inner Loop proposal from The Strong Museum of Play), and Amazon's new headquarters (HQ2) is actually a possibility....

June 20, 2017

Something big happened a few years ago, and very few of us noticed.  Public policy, uniquely aligned between both major political parties, found a common cause – universal high-speed internet access.  It’s the kind of policy decision that could be easily lost amongst t...

January 24, 2017

I won't sugarcoat it: I just had the worst eCommerce/Brick & Mortar combo experience of my life.  So I'd like to tell my story here, with the hope that it reaches the ears of a change agent within Walmart that needs some proof that something is broken and needs to be f...

October 25, 2016

A few weeks ago, I departed for the Canadian wilderness on my first hunting trip, and anyone that knows me knows I kind of like to think big on new things.  So it had to be a moose hunt, one of the largest land mammals in North America.  And because moose aren't exactl...

June 23, 2016

Last weekend, I went off-roading, and even though I had no intention of thinking about business, life, or lessons, I ended up with one of the strongest business lessons of my life, and I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you.  Here are the details.

I bought a Jeep,...

April 11, 2016

In my last post about how to sell a company, I wrote about seven strategies to get a deal done, but promised a follow-up about the converse - how to buy a company.  I've been the buyer on a few transactions over my life, but I've attempted to be the buyer on a few...

September 8, 2015

In the past 15 years, I've been on one side or the other of 7 M&A transactions, and in this blog post (about selling a company) and the next (about buying a company), I thought I would document what I've learned about the process, some common pitfalls, and tips for suc...

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