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Burlingham interviewed dozens of entrepreneurs across a range of industries and identified eight key factors that determine whether owners are happy after leaving their businesses. His book showcases the insights, exit plans, and cautionary tales of entrepreneurs such as Ray Pagano: founder of a leading manufacturer of housings for security cameras. He turned down a bid for his company and instead changed his management style, resulting in a subsequent sale for four times the original offer. Bill Niman: founder of the iconic Niman Ranch, which revolutionized the meat industry. He learned about unhappy exits when he was forced to sell to private equity investors, leaving him with nothing to show for his 35 years in business.
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By D. Hartzell on 02-05-15
Begin with the end in mind
This is a poignant description of how a business sale can work. It shows the loss many feel after selling their baby. It also shows how preparing for an exit can improve a business. No business library is complete without this excellent book. I also strongly recommend Street Smarts, by the same author, which shares the business advice of Norm Brodsky.
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