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[G&A] Growth & Acquisition - Gary Vaynerchuck; Lewis Howes; A Turning Point; M&A Gaines Momentum; The Ultimate Cheat Code; Coding by AI; Growth Engines; Rapport + Zero Down; +++

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In the News

Covid-19 may have accelerated the evolution towards new ways of working, but the focus on culture had been gaining traction even before the pandemic. As a result, there is pressure on businesses to take this seriously.

For companies, harnessing a people-first culture speaks to the fabric of the organisation. However, at the same time developing markets are experiencing a boom in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity, which presents a different challenge, integrating other business cultures. Read more here…

We’re at a turning point in business, technology, and society, and I don’t think there’s been anything quite like it since the 1960s.

I can’t get into everything in one column, but what impresses me so far is how stately this revolution has been. If you think these days are chaotic, all I can say is you should have been around in 1968. My only disappointment today is the music. Sorry, but I knew the Beatles, Motown, and folk rock. Read more here…

From Silicon Valley startups to tech giants, artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming the art of computer programming. It offers developers a powerful new toolkit to brainstorm ideas, write and refine code, and fix pesky bugs — all with the help of AI-powered assistants.

As an example, the AI coding movement is getting various coding tasks such as brainstorming, planning, building, testing and executing code using natural language. Read more here…

Over the last few months, we’ve seen a rapid pickup in M&A activity in the mining space. BHP Group (NYSE: BHP), for example, made a $60 billion bid for Anglo American (OTC: NGLOY), whose prize jewel is its copper asset in South America. Alamos Gold (NYSE: AGI) (TSX: AGI) recently acquired Argonaut for about $325 million. Calibre Mining (TSX: MOZ) (OTC: CXBMF) just completed its acquisition of Marathon Gold Corporation. Orla Mining just acquired Contact Gold. McEwen Mining also just acquired Timberline Resources. Even better, analysts expect for the M&A trend to accelerate as metal prices continue to push to new all-time highs. Read more here…

While AI might sound like a high-tech luxury only accessible to big corporations, it’s increasingly becoming a game-changer for small businesses willing to embrace its potential. Here are seven strategic ways small businesses can utilize AI to fuel growth and efficiency. Read more here…

Luis Braido builds on Eric Posner and Carl Shapiro’s debate about the role of economics in merger review by further exploring the tension between efficiency and consumer welfare. He argues that efficiency merits endorsement as it boosts productivity, wealth, and social welfare.

Nevertheless, he acknowledges that the law favors competition and consumer welfare over efficiency. From his perspective, enlarging the range of remedies available in merger review is central for protecting productivity gains while preserving competition and compensating consumers for adverse impacts. Read more here…

In today's digital landscape, businesses are constantly seeking ways to increase their operations and reach a wider audience. One important tool that can support this growth is API security. API (Application Programming Interface) security plays a vital role in protecting the data and information exchanged between different systems and applications. As companies continue to adopt cloud-based technologies and rely on interconnected systems for seamless operations, the need to protect APIs becomes even more essential. A breach in API security not only compromises customer trust but also exposes the organization to potential financial losses and damage to its reputation. Read more here…

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The Short Take

In a compelling episode of COSIGN Conversations, Dom Haskett shares his insights on how acquiring businesses can serve as a powerful growth strategy for entrepreneurs. With a background that spans military service to expertise in mergers and acquisitions, Dom discusses the strategic advantages of business acquisitions, emphasizing how they can act as a “cheat code” for rapid expansion and success in various industries.

The Key Takeaways

  1. Acquisition as a Growth Lever: Dom illustrates how acquisitions can expedite business growth, allowing entrepreneurs to scale quickly compared to starting from scratch.

  2. Importance of Financial Education: He stresses the importance of understanding financial operations and the value extraction from acquisitions.

Brad Sugars shares his extensive experience and strategies for creating wealth through buying, building, and selling businesses and investing in real estate. The discussion encapsulates Brad’s entrepreneurial journey, highlighting his robust methodologies for achieving generational wealth and providing a platform for potential entrepreneurs to navigate the complex landscape of business and investment.

The Key Takeaways

  1. Generational Wealth Through Business: Brad emphasizes the potential of creating long-term wealth through strategic acquisitions, building, and timely selling of businesses.

  2. The Importance of Real Estate Investments: Alongside business acquisitions, Brad advocates for investing in real estate as a parallel strategy to amplify wealth generation.

The Short Take: The episode delves into the trajectory of Matt's career, exploring his start on Wall Street, his first forays into business acquisition, and the eventual strategic focus on buying companies within the lower-middle market. Engaging discussions emphasize the importance of genuine rapport building, active listening, and the intricate art of structuring creative acquisition deals, such as zero down and zero out-of-pocket deals.

Key Takeaways:

  1. The essence of mergers and acquisitions lies not just in financial savvy, but in creating genuine connections and understanding seller motivations.

  2. Zero down or zero out-of-pocket deals are possible with a well-developed deal pipeline and creative structuring based on sellers' needs and business assets.

Michael, Bill, Heather, and Mills delve into the intricacies of a potential acquisition of a landscape and architectural lighting company based in the affluent Hamptons area. The company, valued at $1.25 million, boasts annual revenues of $800,000 and a substantial net cash flow of $375,000.

The Key Takeaways

  1. Strong Financials and Client Base: The business demonstrates robust financial health with a significant net cash flow and benefits from serving an affluent client base in the Hamptons.

  2. Dependency on Local Referrals: A major challenge is the company’s reliance on local referrals for new business, posing risks for sustainable growth.

An insightful segment from Gary Vaynerchuk’s 11-hour live stream, commonly known as GaryVee, the entrepreneurial powerhouse answers a multitude of questions on business growth strategies. Focusing particularly on how to attract and retain new customers, Gary shares innovative approaches for small businesses to enhance their visibility and reach in an increasingly competitive market.

The Key Takeaways

  1. Collaboration Over Competition: Gary advises small businesses like local pizzerias and toy stores to collaborate rather than compete, suggesting joint promotions to increase customer foot traffic.

  2. Building a Personal Brand: He emphasizes the importance of business founders investing in their personal brands, leveraging organic content to boost business growth.

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In the Knowledge 

The information in the following articles is important for any business, particularly for new acquisitions. Add them to your Knowledge Bank.

Have you ever visited a website and received a pop-up message from an "employee" offering help? That likely wasn't a real person at the other end — it was a chatbot.

The increased adoption of chatbots for customer service reflects a broader trend toward using generative artificial intelligence (AI) to optimize business processes. In fact, 85% of surveyed executives anticipate generative AI will directly engage with customers within the next couple of years. Read more here…

Technology has always been a driving force of progress globally, offering consistent promise and opportunity. Throughout history. It has ensured the development of innovative solutions and the advancement of existing ones, empowering people to express creativity and ingenuity. Read more here…

With tens of billions invested in AI last year and leading players such as OpenAI looking for trillions more, the tech industry is racing to add to the pileup of generative AI models. The goal is to steadily demonstrate better performance and, in doing so, close the gap between what humans can do and what can be accomplished with AI. Read more here…

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In the BIG Guys Corner … (middle market and above) 

Two of the commercial satellite industry’s biggest players are joining forces to fortify their position against the onslaught of emerging low-Earth orbit broadband constellations led by SpaceX’s Starlink network.

In a $3.1 billion deal announced Tuesday, Luxembourg-based SES will acquire rival operator Intelsat—creating a combined fleet of around 100 satellites in geostationary orbit (GEO). Read more here…

The Novo Nordisk Foundation’s $16.5 billion acquisition of contract manufacturer Catalent has hit another potential regulatory bump in the road after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission last week requested additional information regarding the deal.

Revealed in a Friday SEC filing from the contract manufacturer, the delay comes as the FTC ramps up its antitrust scrutiny of the buyout—and will extend the acquisition’s waiting period by up to 30 days as Novo and Catalent comply with the regulator’s request. Read more here…

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In the Sosh … who to follow this week

Lewis Howes epitomizes the spirit of turning adversity into opportunity. A former professional football player whose athletic career was cut short by injury, Howes didn't let this setback define his future. Instead, he channeled his relentless energy into mastering the art of networking and business, transforming his life's direction with impressive agility.

Today, he's best known as the host of "The School of Greatness," a top-rated podcast where he engages with some of the most brilliant minds—from world-renowned authors and psychologists to visionary business leaders and athletes—delving deep into discussions about what makes greatness achievable. His platform is a beacon for those eager to learn how to thrive not only in business but in personal development and wellness too.

Lewis is also a bestselling author and a sought-after motivational speaker, whose work empowers individuals to unlock their true potential and chase their biggest dreams. His approach is both empathetic and actionable, making him a trusted voice for those looking to construct a life of meaningful success.

Find and connect with him here: lewishowes.com; sportsnetworker.com; greatness.com, and on LinkedIn. 

In the calendar … 

A twice-monthly networking meeting where acquisitions entrepreneurs come together online to build teams, share ideas and resources, and help each other succeed. The first and Third Tuesday of each month. Check it out...

An ultimate resource for valuable insights on acquiring, investing, building, and selling profitable businesses. M&A Launchpad is the host of both the M&A Launchpad Conference and Podcast. Join our next event on May 11th, 2024. Check it out…

Presented by MASource.org. Check it out.

The 2024 M&A Source Spring Conference & Deal Market is where top advisors and investors meet to build their skills, make connections and uncover opportunities. Check it out

Experience The Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything Festival May 21-23, 2024, where diverse global newsmakers share unique perspectives on navigating a changing world. Immerse yourself in live performances, explore pioneering technologies and indulge in the city’s inventive culinary scene. Check it out…

Capital Camp is an upcoming event scheduled for May 21-23, 2024, in Columbia, Missouri. The event is described as a gathering for "curious, kind, and thoughtful investors, capital providers, entrepreneurs, and executives" who are pushing boundaries and breaking new ground.

The event spans three days and three nights, offering serious investing conversations in a relaxed setting—think shorts and sandals rather than suits and ties. Attendees can expect interactive programming, a variety of outdoor activities, and an endless supply of food, drink, and entertainment.

The event has received high praise from past attendees, with many describing it as the most valuable and best investing conference they've ever attended. Check it out…

AI & Big Data Expo North America – Conference & Exhibition June 5-6 - SANTA CLARA CONVENTION CENTER, CA

Discovering the intelligent future through AI & Big Data. AI & Big Data Expo is the leading event for Enterprise AI, Machine Learning, Security, Ethical AI, Deep Learning, Data Ecosystems, and NLP. Check it out…

Through a dynamic mix of lectures, case studies, class discussions, hands-on learning, and visits from guest speakers, this program provides critical insights and powerful tools for the successful formulation and execution of an M&A strategy — one that creates true value for your organization. Check it out…

Join us at the San Diego Small Business Expo 2024, a must-attend event for entrepreneurs and small business owners! Get ready to connect, learn, and grow your business in person at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina on Fri Sep 20, 2024 at 10:00AM PST. Check it out…

The Kayo Women’s M&A Summit unites 300 women leaders in mergers & acquisitions, private equity deal-making and capital markets. Over the course of two days, attendees can expect to generate deal opportunities through peer-to-peer networking, educational content, and a supportive community atmosphere in the private equity hub of Boston. Check it out…


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