Venture Catalyst: The Five Strategies For Explosive Corporate Growth

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Basic Books, Sep 19, 2002 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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In today's high-stakes environment, the question is not whether to venture but how far and fast can your company grow through new business creation. In Venture Catalyst, Don Laurie offers an insider's perspective on the explosive world of corporate venturing through interviews with such pioneers as former Corning Chairman Roger Ackerman, David Wetherell of CMGI, and Mitch Kapor of Accel. Moreover, he offers a practical framework for identifying new sources of growth, launching and managing ventures, balancing the tension between established discipline and entrepreneurial creativity, and maximizing the value of ventures. For executives, managers, entrepreneurs, and investors alike, Venture Catalyst is a powerful guide to thriving in the volatile new economy.
 

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Contents

Easier Said Than Done
19
Invent the Next Great Business
37
Invest in the Next Great Business
67
Venture the Next Great Business
97
Partner the Next Great Business
127
Acquire and Integrate the Next Great Business
157
Invest In Venture Invent Partner
183
The Entrepreneur Milestones and
197
The Leadership Agenda
227
Notes
249
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Donald L. Laurie is founder and managing director of Laurie International Limited and of Oyster International, a strategy-consulting firm that focuses on strategies for growth, new business creation, venture investing, and technology spinouts. Author of The Real Work of Leaders, he advises industry leaders worldwide and serves as an investor in and director of a number of early-stage ventures. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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