Our weekly newsletter provides a brief snapshot of issues we have been working on internally, research topics we have been pursuing, or interesting articles or media that have come across our desk and impacted our thinking.
February 19, 2018

Weekly Thoughts: Growing Beans

Here is something that caught our eye this week: Growing Beans Since some of our readers may not be as up to speed on headlines dominating the Maine news, we thought we’d share our thoughts on a recent policy change from our iconic hometown retailer, L.L. Bean.  […]
February 12, 2018

Weekly Thoughts: The Day Care Problem

Here is something that caught our eye this week: The Day Care Problem Many assume that the potential for monetary gain or loss drives outcomes.  Compensation schemes are often built with the hope that people will perform better if paid more (i.e., a bonus), and […]
February 5, 2018

Weekly Thoughts: Success Planning

Here is something that caught our eye this week: Success Planning We recently came across a survey of how Americans define “making it.”  Despite an admittedly small sample size, the results provide some insight into how the average American views success, which from career and financial perspectives, means an […]
January 29, 2018

Weekly Thoughts: Google It?

Here is something that caught our eye this week: Google It? When we need to figure out how to do something, typically our first action is to Google it and iterate from there.  It worked when we were trying to buy our first business, and has […]
January 19, 2018

Weekly Thoughts: Misrememberance

Here is something that caught our eye this week: Misrememberance In the small business space, there is often a Rockwellesque view that optimal business practices should include handshake deals based on “man-to-man” conversations. Gender biases aside, we are sympathetic to this view and share a […]
January 12, 2018

Weekly Thoughts: Fat or Strong?

Here is something that caught our eye this week: Fat or Strong? As we kick off the New Year, our portfolio companies are beginning to execute on their 2018 strategic plans, which, as one might expect, focus in part on various growth opportunities. From a […]