In The Trenches
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In The Trenches

Podcast door Steve Divitkos

The only podcast dedicated exclusively to Entrepreneurs and CEOs running Small to Medium Sized Businesses (SMB). Nobody knows what it’s like to be an Entrepreneur or CEO unless you’ve been one. Though many understand the rewards of company leadership, very few understand the arduous journey that’s required to get (and stay) there. I share my own lessons as an Entrepreneur and CEO, and interview experts spanning Sales, Leadership, Mental Health, M&A, and Operations (among others) all with a single goal: To improve the personal and professional lives of Entrepreneurs and CEOs running SMBs. 

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episode You Don't Have an Engineering Problem, You Have a Product Management Problem artwork
You Don't Have an Engineering Problem, You Have a Product Management Problem
This episode is brought to you by ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Oberle Risk Strategies⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠: Insurance Broker and Insurance Due Diligence Provider for Search Funds and Other Small-to-Medium-Sized Businesses⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ [https://oberle-risk.com/in-the-trenches/] * This episode is brought to you by ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠The Profit Line: The Outsourced Finance & Accounting Department for Small and Medium Sized Businesses⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ [https://www.theprofitline.com/] * Based on my own experience as a software CEO, I think that Product Management is one of the most important - and one of the lest well understood - ingredients to building a successful software company. Many software businesses (particularly mature ones still led by their original Founders) don't have any product management function at all. While this may be tenable under the Founder's leadership, it is almost never tenable when the company is acquired and led by a CEO with minimal industry experience. It is also my experience that many problems that seem to be attributable to the engineering group (technical debt, high levels of customization, regularly missing deadlines, etc.) are actually product management problems masquerading as development problems. This episode, originally published in 2021, is as applicable today as it was then. My guest today is Rich Mironov [https://www.linkedin.com/in/richmironov/], who is North America's preeminent Product Management thought leader. He has spent 40 years in the software industry in numerous capacities, and currently acts as a Coach, Consultant, and Interim Executive for CEOs and Heads of Product across Canada and the United States, advising them on a diverse range of issues spanning product, marketing, engineering, and sales. Rich has led Product Management at six software companies, and has now consulted for more than 170 technology businesses of all sizes. He is the author of "Product Bytes [https://www.mironov.com/]", a hugely popular and long-running blog on software, start-ups, product strategies, Silicon Valley, and the inner life of product managers. Our conversation covers hiring a Product leader and Product team, how to think about prioritizing products/features/functions, how Product should interface with Sales and other internal departments, how involved CEOs should be in Product, and what fatal mistakes he’s seen Product Managers make.
04 jul 2024 - 1 h 6 min
episode Evaluating The Most Common Forms of Debt Used to Finance Small Business Acquisitions artwork
Evaluating The Most Common Forms of Debt Used to Finance Small Business Acquisitions
This episode is brought to you by ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠The Profit Line: The Outsourced Finance & Accounting Department for Small and Medium Sized Businesses⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ [https://www.theprofitline.com/] * This episode is brought to you by ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Oberle Risk Strategies⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠: Insurance Broker and Insurance Due Diligence Provider for Search Funds and Other Small-to-Medium-Sized Businesses [https://oberle-risk.com/in-the-trenches/]⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ * Though it is correct to suggest that all acquisitions are funded through some combination of cash-on-hand, debt, or equity, it’s also a bit of an oversimplification. Indeed, the financing options available to prospective acquirors are numerous, and in today’s blog post, I focus specifically on debt, and evaluate the four most common sources of leverage used to finance the purchase of small and medium-sized businesses. These include bank debt, mezzanine debt, seller financing, and SBA loans.
20 jun 2024 - 27 min
episode From $7M to $50M via 14 Acquisitions: A Consolidation Success Story With Jay Davis & Jason Pananos artwork
From $7M to $50M via 14 Acquisitions: A Consolidation Success Story With Jay Davis & Jason Pananos
This episode is brought to you by ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Oberle Risk Strategies⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠: Insurance Broker and Insurance Due Diligence Provider for Search Funds and Other Small-to-Medium-Sized Businesses⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ [https://oberle-risk.com/in-the-trenches/] * This episode is brought to you by ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠The Profit Line: The Outsourced Finance & Accounting Department for Small and Medium Sized Businesses⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ [https://www.theprofitline.com/] * I recently published a blog post, Why You May Want to Reconsider Your Industry Roll-up Strategy [https://mineolasearchpartners.com/2024/05/09/why-you-may-want-to-reconsider-your-industry-roll-up-strategy/], within which I detailed many of the ways in which consolidation strategies can go wrong. In today’s episode, I want to look at the opposite side of that coin and dig deeply into an instance where a consolidation strategy went very right. I'm joined today by Jay Davis & Jason Pananos, who, after graduating from business school in 2008, acquired Vector Disease Control, a company that they grew from ~$7M to ~$50M in revenue in ~7 years through successfully executing on 14 bolt-on acquisitions.
06 jun 2024 - 1 h 26 min
episode Why You May Be Ignoring Brokered Deals at Your Peril artwork
Why You May Be Ignoring Brokered Deals at Your Peril
This episode is brought to you by ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠The Profit Line: The Outsourced Finance & Accounting Department for Small and Medium Sized Businesses⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ [https://www.theprofitline.com/] * This episode is brought to you by ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Oberle Risk Strategies⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠: Insurance Broker and Insurance Due Diligence Provider for Search Funds and Other Small-to-Medium-Sized Businesses⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ [https://oberle-risk.com/in-the-trenches/] * Today’s episode is all about participating in brokered transactions, and working with brokers more broadly (by "brokers", I am referring to investment banks, accounting firms, business brokers, or any other sell-side advisor whose job it is to help clients sell their companies). To inform our discussion today, I’m joined by Ryan Farkas, a Partner, Managing Director and the Practice Leader in M&A and Capital Markets at BDO, who has successfully closed countless sell-side advisory transactions spanning dozens of industries.
23 mei 2024 - 1 h 6 min
episode Why You May Want to Reconsider Your Industry Roll-up Strategy artwork
Why You May Want to Reconsider Your Industry Roll-up Strategy
This episode is brought to you by ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Oberle Risk Strategies⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠: Insurance Broker and Insurance Due Diligence Provider for Search Funds and Other Small-to-Medium-Sized Businesses⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ [https://oberle-risk.com/in-the-trenches/] * This episode is brought to you by ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠The Profit Line: The Outsourced Finance & Accounting Department for Small and Medium Sized Businesses⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ [https://www.theprofitline.com/] * Though pursuing the consolidation of an industry is not necessarily a new thesis within the search fund ecosystem, I have observed that it has become increasingly popular over the past few years among prospective searchers. Though there have been, and will continue to be, many consolidation success stories within the search fund ecosystem, I suspect there will be an equal number of failures, though this latter outcome will surely be much less publicized. Though I’m not against consolidation theses in and of themselves, I do find myself more skeptical than most when presented with one. In today’s blog post, I’ll attempt to explain why
09 mei 2024 - 19 min
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