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SEOmoz Acquires Followerwonk – A Perfect Small Acquisition

…lot about how to do this with, including Matt Blumberg (Return Path), Tim Miller (Rally), Mark Pincus (Zynga), and JB Holston (NewsGator). And I learned the basis of everything I know about acquisitions from Len Fassler and Jerry Poch, who acquired my first company. Each has used the strategy skillfully and effectively. I think Rand, who is using this strategy as part of continuing to build out SEOmoz, is going to be a master at it. If you read…

The Montana Future

…roup of ten people (including me and Amy) gathered at a resort in Stowe, VT to have a Chautauqua to discuss the future.  We had a magnificent weekend which included a field trip to Burlington to visit the Ben & Jerry’s factory (and all the ice cream that entails.) One of the discussions we had was titled “The Montana Future.”  All of us – except one couple – were living in Boston at the…

Request for Laptops for Monarch High School Students

…b behind the teacher’s back. And she learns that her parents have WAY OVERREACTED to that new Snapchat app. Monarch High School is in its second year of requiring its students to bring a laptop to school. It’s Principal, Dr. Jerry Anderson, has worked long hours to bring state of the art WiFi to the building, give the teachers the training, and bring the parents up to date. Any student who’s parents couldn’t afford a laptop was provided one; all…

The Power of Being Human in Business Development

…strange change in ethos, where suddenly people have forgotten that when they do deals, they are doing deals with other people, not with a company. I learned this in 1993 when my first company was acquired by Len Fassler and Jerry Poch, two of the absolute master deal makers I’ve ever worked with. The each taught me so much about this, by first being people, then dealmakers. I’ve got a few posts on this topic coming but until then…

Living Life While Working Hard

…over 30 minutes later, I both had a great tour of Columbia and had made a new friend with a deep emotional connection. After my panel, I got together with a long time friend Len Fassler.  Len and his partner at the time Jerry Poch bought my first company in 1993 and both have been incredible mentors for me.  Len and I have invested together, succeeded together, and failed together.  He’s a special guy and sitting in a restaurant…