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5 Lessons Josh Delaney Learned in Building a $25.8 Million Business in 4 Years

The word “optionality” comes up a lot these days, and you may wonder what exactly it means. In the context of business building, optionality is creating a company where you have lots of different avenues for reaching your goal(s).

Having optionality is the opposite of putting all of your eggs in one basket and is a common vein that runs through all of the value drivers we measure over at The Value Builder System™.

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The Downside of Being a “One-Stop Shop”

Before Jeff Bezos & Co. blew up traditional distribution channels, there was some value in being the local “guy” or “gal.” Being the local product retailer was a good business, and being a regional distributor of a popular line could make you a mint.

Those days are almost over.

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How Selling Less Made Apple Worth More

When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, the company — once praised for simplicity and quality — had had just experienced its worst-ever financial quarter. Jobs examined the future product roadmap. He felt a third of Apple’s products were “incredible.” The rest? Either “pretty good” or “businesses we didn’t need to be in.”

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Want to Jack Up Your Company’s Value? Think Like Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett is famous for investing in companies with a competitive “moat” around them. Buffett defines a moat as something that makes your business challenging to compete against and impossible to copy. Buffett argues that your moat allows you to avoid price comparisons, which enables better margins.

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Eight Key Drivers of Company Value: Monopoly Control

Warren Buffett is famous for investing in companies with a protective “moat” around them. The deeper and wider the moat, the harder it is for competitors to compete. In addition, an enduring competitive advantage also gives an owner more control over pricing, which increases both profitability and cash flow.

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5 Lessons Josh Delaney Learned in Building a $25.8 Million Business in 4 Years

The word “optionality” comes up a lot these days, and you may wonder what exactly it means. In the context of business building, optionality is creating a company where you have lots of different avenues for reaching your goal(s).

Having optionality is the opposite of putting all of your eggs in one basket and is a common vein that runs through all of the value drivers we measure over at The Value Builder System™.

Read More ›

The Downside of Being a “One-Stop Shop”

Before Jeff Bezos & Co. blew up traditional distribution channels, there was some value in being the local “guy” or “gal.” Being the local product retailer was a good business, and being a regional distributor of a popular line could make you a mint.

Those days are almost over.

Read More ›

How Selling Less Made Apple Worth More

When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, the company — once praised for simplicity and quality — had had just experienced its worst-ever financial quarter. Jobs examined the future product roadmap. He felt a third of Apple’s products were “incredible.” The rest? Either “pretty good” or “businesses we didn’t need to be in.”

Read More ›

Want to Jack Up Your Company’s Value? Think Like Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett is famous for investing in companies with a competitive “moat” around them. Buffett defines a moat as something that makes your business challenging to compete against and impossible to copy. Buffett argues that your moat allows you to avoid price comparisons, which enables better margins.

Read More ›

Eight Key Drivers of Company Value: Monopoly Control

Warren Buffett is famous for investing in companies with a protective “moat” around them. The deeper and wider the moat, the harder it is for competitors to compete. In addition, an enduring competitive advantage also gives an owner more control over pricing, which increases both profitability and cash flow.

Read More ›

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