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Inc. Magazine November 2020

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders.

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English
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Mansueto Ventures LLC
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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
business icons’ wisdom echoes in this firm’s investments

Operations have been at the core of private equity firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice’s (CD&R’s) business since its founding in 1978. Co-founder Marty Dubilier was an operating executive, and Jack Welch, the famed CEO who transformed General Electric through management and operations, was an advisor to the firm’s funds for nearly two decades. Today, nearly 40 operating executives are serving as full-time partners at the firm or advisors to the firm’s funds. At CD&R, capital isn’t a commodity. “You get capital plus the ability to create a more successful business,” says CD&R co-president Rick Schnall. A FOCUS ON OPERATIONS Whether working with a small company or a larger one, CD&R’s value proposition is bringing in big business expertise in relationships and networks. One operations example is naviHealth, a post-acute-care provider that was part of…

1 min
the future of talent management

PETER Q. BLAIR is on the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he co-directs the Project on Workforce. He also serves as a faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the principal investigator of the Blair Economics Lab. NOW THAT THE LABOR market has loosened, how can entrepreneurs retain the kind of talent they need to succeed? Blair: Communicate clearly and transparently with the team. For booming entrepreneurs, whose short-run objective is worker recruitment, I prescribe a large dose of humility. Start with the personal sacrifices you are willing to make for the well-being of the team. A servant leader lays the foundation for the team to co-develop a plan of shared sacrifice that prioritizes the well-being of the most vulnerable team members. What qualities will…

1 min
i can’t live without … soulcycle

“I was never great at going to the gym,” says 32-year-old Ankur Jain, founder and CEO of investment firm Kairos. “I prefer the group experience–the teachers, the music. I want to get a cardio workout and just escape an otherwise really intense workday.” Getting that group experience was impossible once the pandemic closed exercise studios in March. So two weeks into quarantine, Jain bought himself a $2,500 SoulCycle bike: “They really did a great job in terms of the quality of the content,” he says of the bike’s creator. “It feels like you’re in a studio for real, from the sound quality, to the music and the courses.” And the bike has been a big productivity booster: “When you spend all day on calls, working through problems, at some point you get…

1 min
inc.

editor-in-chief SCOTT OMELIANUK VICE PRESIDENT AND PUBLISHER RICHARD RUSSEY DIRECTOR, EDITORIAL OPERATIONS JANICE LOMBARDO EXECUTIVE EDITORS MARLI GUZZETTA, LAURA LORBER SAN FRANCISCO BUREAU CHIEF MATT HABER MANAGING EDITOR, INC.COM LINDSAY BLAKELY FEATURES EDITOR DIANA RANSOM DEPUTY EDITOR DOUG CANTOR SENIOR EDITOR GRAHAM WINFREY EDITORS-AT-LARGE LEIGH BUCHANAN, TOM FOSTER, BURT HELM, BILL SAPORITO, KIMBERLY WEISUL SENIOR WRITER CHRISTINE LAGORIO-CHAFKIN STAFF WRITER KEVIN J. RYAN STAFF REPORTER CAMERON ALBERT-DEITCH ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR TIM CRINO ASSISTANT EDITORS SOPHIE DOWNES, ANNA MEYER, BRITTANY MORSE COPY CHIEF DAVID SUTTER PRODUCTION MANAGER GREY THORNBERRY COPY EDITOR PAM WARREN PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTOR ERNIE MONTEIRO ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR HALIE CHAVEZ DIGITAL PRODUCTION MANAGER JOEL FROUDE BOARD OF ADVISERS ELIZABETH GORE, CHRIS HEIVLY, PHIL LIBIN, POONEH MOHAJER, DOUG TATUM, AMIR TEHRANI, NOAM WASSERMAN CHIEF DATA SCIENTIST ARNOBIO MORELIX SENIOR CONTRIBUTING EDITOR NORM BRODSKY CONTRIBUTING EDITORS GABRIELLE BIENASZ, TENESHIA CARR, VALERIE CHIANG, KEITH FERRAZZI, THOMAS GOETZ, CHLOE KRAMMEL,…

1 min
my mentor taught me always go deeper

TRISTAN WALKER: “I got to know Roz Brewer four or five years ago. She was the CEO of Sam’s Club at the time-one of the very few large-company CEOs of color- and right away I knew she was a force to be reckoned with. 1 remember when 1 invited her to come speak at Walker & Company. One of my colleagues asked her, ‘Is it possible to have it all?’ Roz’s response was, ‘Yes. Just not at the same time.’ Which makes you think, right? She meant that, as we progress through our lives, our priorities shift. Faith, family, work: We optimize tor them differently at different times. It means that you don’t have to bite off more than you can chew, and you can still be wildly ambitious and know…

4 min
dogfish head’s hoppy landing

When Dogfish Head Brewery celebrated its 20th anniversary in June 2015, founder and CEO Sam Calagione had more than one reason to raise a glass. Dogfish Head had grown to become one of the largest craft brewers in the country. Now based in Milton, Delaware, the company literally changed beer history. Just weeks before Calagione opened for business in 1995, in Rehoboth Beach, he persuaded state legislators to make it legal for him to operate a brewery in Delaware. That bit of lobbying helped create the craft beer industry—and, eventually, a craft beer gold rush. Between 2011 and 2015, the number of U.S. craft brewers more than doubled to 4,847. At the same time that com petition exploded, craft beer’s market growth slowed. Calagione didn’t want to sell Dogfish Head, but…