Devin and Jim discuss the New York Times Amazon article. Is driving your people into the ground the only way to build successful technology companies? Is the CEO the last to know when it comes to company culture issues, or are they just turning a blind eye?
Jim talks with Ryan Milligan about all the different steps in closing a deal after the Letter of Intent gets signed. Everything that a Founder needs to know, but was afraid to ask. Customer calls, references, accounting audits, purchase agreements and lender meetings -- we tackle it all and more.
Jim and Devin discuss the two types of companies that we see in the middle market. You can either dominate a niche market (such as software targeted at specific verticals) or you can build a better mousetrap and try to capture the entire market.
Ryan Milligan joins Jim and Devin to talk about Unicorns and argue about whether the public markets are smarter than the private markets. For the founder with a business between $3 - $5 million of EBITDA we answer the mult-million dollar question: Is it time to sell? Ryan discloses that he'd invest in the next round of PiedPiper, while Devin would rather own Hooli stock.
Devin and Jim talk about the role of leveraging microservices development in middle market companies, mixing classic development with microservices -- with proper shout outs to Martin Fowler, Conway's Law and a small sidebar into Game of Thrones.