COVID-19 has brought about changes in the workplace that no one was expecting. Earlier this week we held a Portfolio2Portfolio working session for our founders from five of our portfolio companies on the topic of Returning to Work. We wanted to share some key takeaways from the discussion.
For many entrepreneurs, the last month has been the most challenging time in their careers. But it’s also a time when employees, customers, and colleagues are looking to company founders for leadership and guidance. What should you say to people who are concerned about their jobs and their future?
In this unprecedented time in history, we know we don’t have all the answers. But we do have experience and empathy. We asked members of our Entrepreneurs Council and leaders of the firm about how entrepreneurs should think about their business right now.
Now that summer is almost over and everybody’s going back to school, we decided to take a look back at the undergraduate and MBA courses that helped shape our worldview as entrepreneurs. Once we started reflecting on these courses, we realized that they’re not the typical core classes you’d expect – so we reached out […]
“The interesting element of becoming a B Corp, is that by actually considering all of your stakeholders when you make business decisions, you ultimately create businesses that have higher returns to investors.”
“While nothing can truly prepare an entrepreneur for their first sale of a company, we hear time and again from our clients about steps they wish they had taken earlier to make the process run more smoothly.”
At the end of the day, a board meeting should help provide perspective on recent performances and practical advice concerning future challenges. CEOs should leave a meeting exhausted, frustrated and skeptical—but also enthused, accomplished and eager to get to work.