Sometimes you don’t need an investment bank

Back when I was an investment banker, I joked regularly that bankers have a well-deserved bad reputation. The fact is, most bankers are useless. Especially in the mid-market (where most VC and PE funded companies are). They charge far too […]

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Be a time Diva

OG supermodel Linda Evangelista famously once said “I don’t get out of bed for less than $ 10,000“. She said this many years ago, when $10K was worth a lot more than it is today. At the risk of turning […]

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The personal year end review

It’s that time of year again. As things start to wind down (and the world goes back into lock down…..), now is a perfect time to take stock of this past year and think ahead to how you want to […]

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A sports team, not a family

I went to a Raptors game last night. First time in two years. That team bears little resemblance to the team that won the NBA title two years ago. In fact, only three of the players remain. While I miss […]

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The peril of toxic staff

Hiring is an imperfect science at best. No matter how many rounds of interviews you go through, some people will get in that should not. In addition, some people are great at the time of hiring, but for various reasons, […]

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The primary lever for CEO Success: The Leadership Team

In Jim Collins’ classic management text “Good to Great”, the author looks at the greatest companies of his era to identify patterns in their success. The first step he identified in great companies was team assembly, or as he put […]

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