GMB Episode #126: Pulling the Wisdom From Jeff Bezos’ Investor Letters With Steve Anderson

 

It’s an undeniable fact that Jeff Bezos did some exceptional work to develop Amazon into the e-commerce giant it is today. What if you could discover Amazon’s secrets and translate them into your business? Our guest today took on the task of analyzing every investor letter addressed by Jeff Bezos to Amazon shareholders dating back to 1997. Steve Anderson, Co-Founder & CEO at Catalyit™, and the author of the international bestseller, The Bezos Letters, joins us to dive into the 14 principles that created the Amazon that we know today.

 

 

Show Notes

[02:52] Summary of Letters – Steve starts the conversation with a synopsis of the letters, as well as what we can take away from them as we manage our own businesses.

[05:08] Beginning of Amazon – Steve explains Jeff Bezos’s background, how his childhood inspired him, and how he ended up launching Amazon.

[11:14] Becoming a Tech Giant – Steve dives into the growth of Amazon from its IPO in 1997 to current day.

[24:38] Four categories– Steve discusses the four categories mentioned in his book, and provides an excellent explanation of the 14 principles.

[31:44] High-Velocity Decisions – Steve explains how Jeff Bezos used a unique decision-making process to accelerate Amazon’s growth.

[45:56] Amazon’s Culture – Steve expresses his thoughts on Amazon’s culture.

[54:40] Steve’s Background – Steve shares his background, his career as an entrepreneur, and how he came to produce his phenomenal work.

 

Resources

GMB Ep #120: A CFO’s Perspective on Managing Cash, M&A, ESOPs, & the Changing Business Environment

 

Have you ever heard the saying that revenue is vanity, profit is sanity, and cash is reality? Today’s guest, Robert E. Bendetti, is the CFO at Life Cycle Engineering. He holds a master’s degree in accounting and financial management and an MBA specializing in small business management and entrepreneurship, as well as being a certified public accountant. Throughout the episode, we cover several key concepts that help business owners grow their businesses and adapt to ever changing markets.

 

 

Show Notes

[03:21] Background – Robert shares his background and the company’s operations.

[05:20] Cash Flow Management – Robert emphasizes the importance of cash flow management and gives his perspective as a CFO on appropriate cash management for small enterprises.

[08:48] Cash Conversion Cycle – Robert discusses approaches to optimize the cash conversion cycle, emphasizing the importance of timely invoicing, collection challenges, and the smoothness of the payment process.

[11:50] Tips – Robert shares an approach for reducing turnaround time and illustrates a simple mechanism to increase collection rates.

[20:29] Profitability – Robert points out how to convert cash to profit, describing what balance sheet and income statement items need to be monitored.

[23:25] Paying Yourself vs. Reinvesting – Robert outlines how to decide whether to invest additional funds to boost profitability and future growth or pay yourself.

[31:41] Transition – Robert addresses what individuals approaching retirement or transition should consider 18 months before leaving a firm.

[40:25] Employee Stock Ownership Plan – Robert dives deep into ESOP and related topics.

[51:31] Global CFO Council – As President and Founder of Global CFO Council, Robert mentions what he hopes to accomplish through the organization.

 

Resources

GMB EP #116: A Top M&A Advisor’s Perspective on Growing & Selling Your Business

 

An exit strategy is a key aspect in a business owner’s journey. However, the majority of business owners do not consider their exit strategy until it is too late. On today’s episode of Grow Money Business, our guest is Michelle Seiler Tucker, a mergers and acquisitions specialist. She has over two decades of experience in the industry, and in that time, has assisted in selling over 500 businesses. Michelle not only aids business owners in the sale of their companies but also helps entrepreneurs and investors in acquiring businesses. Throughout the episode, Michelle imparts some of her wisdom she has accumulated over the years on growing and selling businesses.

 

 

Show Notes

[02:34] Introduction – Michelle introduces herself and discusses her career.

[07:18] Exiting a Business – Michelle shares key points and considerations when exiting a business.

[19:34] EBIT – Michelle explains why technology trades on multiple sales rather than EBIT.

[20:51] Additional Key Points – Michelle continues to provide her perspectives on a number of crucial elements that influence the sale of a business.

[31:48] Databases – Michelle describes the challenges and concerns regarding databases.

[34:08] Exit Rich – Michelle presents an overview of why she wrote her book, what it is about, and its target demographic.

[37:20] Interest Rates – Michelle shares her views on how interest rates affect the market for business acquisitions and sales.

[43:11] Biggest Mistakes – Michelle covers several of the most common errors she sees sellers make throughout the process.

[45:01] Confidentiality – Michelle emphasizes the importance of maintaining confidentiality when selling your business.

[50:19] Private Equity – Michelle outlines when it makes sense to start a private equity firm.

[56:15] Network of The Professional – Michelle describes the value of a professional network and how that impacts locating future opportunities.

[56:55] More on Mistakes – Michelle shares more insight on common mistakes people make when selling their business.

 

Resources

Connect with Michelle: 

Website: seilertucker.com/

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/michelleseiler/

 

Mentioned in the episode: 

Exit Rich – Website: exitrichbook.com/

Exit Rich: The 6 P Method to Sell Your Business for Huge Profit:

amazon.com/Exit-Rich-Method-Business-Profit/dp/1732510288

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results: goodreads.com/book/show/the-one-thing

Behavioral Economics With Professor John Howe:

growmoneybusiness.com/podcast/behavioral-economics-with-professor-john-howe

GMB Ep #110: Navigating Family Business Successions With Stephen Shortt

 

A lack of succession planning can have disastrous consequences for a business, especially when your business is family owned and operated. This week on Grow Money Business, Stephen Shortt, an expert in family business succession planning, is joining us to share his experience and wisdom. Stephen has worked in his two-family businesses for most of his adult life and childhood, and as a result, he is familiar with the ups and downs associated with transitioning between generations. Throughout the episode, he delves into the framework needed to navigate family business successions successfully. 

 

 

Show Notes

[03:35] Stephen’s Background – Stephen introduces himself and provides an overview of his current work. 

[07:13] First Step – Stephen explains where to begin to ensure a seamless and successful family succession.  

[11:31] Mindsets – Stephen talks about three critical mindsets for succession planning 

[15:28] Personal Experience – Stephen shares his personal experience on his family business and how their transitions were handled.  

[19:27] Succession Strategy – Stephen broadly describes the succession strategy for a family business. 

[22:00] Challenges – Stephen explains overcoming various adversities during the succession process. 

[26:30] Family Board – Stephen expresses his thoughts on the importance of having a family board. 

[28:44] Five P’s – Stephen discusses the “five P’s” framework for navigating family business successions 

Resources

Website: successfulsuccession.com/ 

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/stephenshortt/ 

GMB Ep #109: Buying the Building Your Business Operates in With Trisha Talbot

 

Having ownership of the building in which your business is based can be a significant wealth building tool. This week on Grow Money Business we have a distinguished guest who educates physicians, owners, and investors on healthcare real estate investment opportunities. Trisha Talbot is the Managing Principal of Doc Properties, through which she supports healthcare practitioners in maximizing the economic worth of their real estate holdings on which they conduct business. Throughout this week’s episode, we delve into numerous aspects of purchasing and constructing the building in which you firm operates. 

 

 

Show Notes

[02.42] Trisha’s Background – Trisha narrates her journey so far, and explains the work she carries out through her business.  

[06:56] Transfer Tenant Improvements – Trisha discusses numerous points to consider when transferring tenant improvements into a new location. 

[08:55] Patient Base – Trisha emphasizes the importance of the patient base while determining the best location for a medical practice. 

[11:00] Types of Buildings – Trisha reviews numerous types of buildings, while explaining the significance of real estate supply. 

[16.35] Commercial Property Asset Prices – Trisha talks about commercial real estate asset values and shares her viewpoint on using them as investments.  

[21.29] Lease Terms – Trisha highlights some of the critical factors to consider when filling out lease conditions. 

[26:44] Construction – Trisha discusses the advantages and disadvantages of constructing the buildings. 

[44:38] Role of Landlords – Trisha explains the role of a landlord, and shares some tax benefits related to owning a building.  

[51:59] Common Mistakes – Trisha highlights some potential problems that can arise while purchasing and constructing buildings.  

[55:59] Final Advice – Trisha delivers her final comments to business owners who are considering acquiring a building for business operations.  

Resources

Connect with Trisha:

Website: docproperties.com/ 

Email: [email protected] 

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/trishatalbot/ 

GMB Ep #106: Business Exit Planning With Scott Snider

 

Many business owners eventually come to the point where they will be moving on from the business they passionately built over the years, and having a good exit strategy will help them navigate this important and intimate event in their journey of entrepreneurship. This week on Grow Money Business, we have a distinguished guest, Scott Snider, the President and the co-owner of the Exit Planning Institute (EPI)Scott is an industry leader, growth expert, and entrepreneur. Throughout the episode, he discusses how he assists company owners in developing substantial businesses while also aligning their own financial objectives and personal purposes. He also explains several vital factors that every business owner should consider when exiting their company. 

 

 

Show Notes

[03:26] Current Role – Scott talks about his current role and how he helps with business exit planning. 

[06:40] Perfect Exit – Scott shares his insights about the perfect exit to a business owner who is about to do so in a few years. 

[10:23] Emotional Hurdles – Scott expresses his thoughts on managing psychology and people’s emotional hurdles along the business exit process. 

[14:12] CEPA – CEPA is an acronym for Certified Exit Planning Advisor. Scott gives a brief explanation for the entire CEPA process. 

[18:54] Exit Strategy for Young Entrepreneurs – Scott leaves a message to all the young business owners out there. 

[20:21] Scott’s Story- Scott emphasizes the significance of not letting your business define you while sharing his story and takeaways from his past experience. 

[29:35] Family Business – Explaining the nature of the family business, Scott shares how he and his father work together in their family business. 

[41:43] Vision – CEPA is suitable for any advisor who wants to learn how to help an owner position their company for a successful and significant exit. Scott broadly talks about the vision of the Exit Planning Institute. 

[47:43] Future Plans – Having explained the concept of the wealth gap, Scott explains the future plans for his business. 

[53:33] Research Findings -Scott shares details about one of his recent researches and exciting factors they discovered through it. 

Resources

Connect With Scott: 

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/scott-snider-epi/ 

Website: exit-planning-institute.org 

Facebook : facebook.com/exitplanninginstitute/ 

Instagram: instagram.com/exitplanninginstitute/ 

 

 

Mentioned in the Episode:  

Certified Exit Planning Advisor: exit-planning-institute.org/program/certified-exit-planning-advisor/ 

Owner Readiness: exit-planning-institute.org/state-of-owner-readiness/ 

Every Family’s Business by Tom Deans: https://everyfamiliesbusiness.com/book/ 

Traction by Gino Wickman: https://www.audible.com/pd/Traction-Audiobook/B00A9ZO7T6