Tag Archives: Differentiation

Economies of Scale — Fundamentals Through Graphics

The Experience Curve Revisiting fundamental business concepts is helpful.  Old concepts often have new meaning when viewed after new experiences.  Or, as we say at the school where I am a co-owner, “See it with today’s eyes and hear it with today’s ears.” One important,… Continue reading

Elusive Moats of Competitive Advantage — Definition by Morningstar

Moats of Competitive Advantage Investors look for “moats” or competitive advantages that create more certainty and more growth in revenue and margins.  In managing or investing in businesses, it is helpful to understand what moats other companies have been able to build and why.  This… Continue reading

Enemies of Effective Company Cultures — Ideas from James Heskett

Effective Company Cultures are Vital Building effective company cultures are vital, particularly in success over a long-term and in the creation of  longstanding, defensible moats of competitive advantage.  I enjoy writing about company cultures because they are so important to a company’s success, but also… Continue reading

Company Culture a Superman-Strong Competitive Advantage

In a very difficult environment for small vocational schools recently, the National Holistic Institute, one of the best massage schools in the country where I am a co-owner, is surviving and thriving.  A key reason behind the organization’s success is its unique, palpable company culture… Continue reading

Business Owners Benefit from Good Ideas from the Edge

Happy Anniversary to the Stockman Grass Farmer newspaper and Wired magazine — 65 years for the Stockman Grass Farmer this month and 20 years for Wired magazine in January (but issue 1.1.1 released this month for the iPad).  At certain points in time for me,… Continue reading

Business Moat – Assessing the Width (To Sell or Not To Sell)

Business Moat Assessing the strength of the moat around your business is the next post in the series, “To Sell Your Business or Not To Sell Your Business — That is the Question“. Simply put, the wider and stronger the moat around your business, the… Continue reading

Facebook Governance and ISS — I Support Zuckerberg

For each unique company and unique situation, I believe they should utilize business structures, financing strategies, and all other tools that help them keep their company unique.  For this reason, I cheer on Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook for their ability to utilize unique investment terms… Continue reading