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Emerging Healthcare Technology and Funds

Emerging Healthcare Technology and Funds

Human driven design for unmet needs    Since leaving my corporate career after working for a European public pharmaceutical company, I have remained active in the Healthcare and Life Science sectors stateside for the past 16 years.  The combination of early stage...

Sustainable growth: allocation of time and capital

Sustainable growth: allocation of time and capital

What got you here, won’t get you there Sustainable growth is one of my taglines when working with business owners from my advisory firm Next Act Advisors.  This blog unpacks how sustainable growth is addressed, independent of size, stage, and sector of an enterprise. ...

What Comes First? Creativity or Having Fun

What Comes First? Creativity or Having Fun

Outside of the Box I recently became a first-time grandmother.  I can sit and observe my granddaughter’s curiosity and fearlessness while she goes about her day, and the time flies by. For her it is not about having fun yet; she is discovering her world. I am in awe,...

The Creator Economy

The Creator Economy

Subtitle Synchronization: combining of two or more elements “But what is work and what is not work? Is it work to dig, to carpenter, to plant trees, to fell trees, to ride, to fish, to hunt, to feed chickens, to play the piano, to take photographs, to build a house,...

Data, Data, Everywhere

Data, Data, Everywhere

Data and Trust While still living and working in Europe, I joined Facebook (aka Meta) when my children who lived and worked in other countries, asked to befriend me online. They are now settled into another stage of their lives and no longer are on this platform.  I...

Small Businesses Resilience in Numbers and Trust

Small Businesses Resilience in Numbers and Trust

Size & Trust Matter: Why we can only maintain 150 relationships  When asked to describe my 35 years of professional experiences, I describe them in two segments: large public corporations and the private sector small companies – startups.  I am indebted to the...

Legal and Regulatory Health Checks Enhance Resiliency

Legal and Regulatory Health Checks Enhance Resiliency

  From start up to scale up preparation for a Board of Directors and investors looking “under the hood”  The month of April is a fine time to do a health check on your startup; kind of like spring cleaning.   While privately held companies (like startups), are...

Why Playfulness Matters in Startup to Scale Up

Why Playfulness Matters in Startup to Scale Up

  ChatGPT can’t be as playful as some manuals of instructions  In a recent blog, “When Spending Time in the Sandbox Isn’t Fun Anymore… And Yet You Still Can Play”, I share my observations of children’s curiosity and fearlessness while playing in the playground or...

Three Acts of Gratitude

Three Acts of Gratitude

Gratefulness is good for Business  November is my favorite time of year. As we are coming to the close of the year, many of us independent consultants take stock of our year and prepare for the new year.  One of my habits over the Thanksgiving holiday is to write down...

The Power of the Enterprise

The Power of the Enterprise

Profits for Good  In December 2021, I shared my mission at Next Act Advisors in a short video clip.  The events that informed my choice to work in the vibrant startup space after 25 years in corporate executive positions, led me to a professional opportunity at a...

What is required to obtain a Board Seat?

What is required to obtain a Board Seat?

Consider getting on a board as if it were a job search The month of May is the Annual Shareholder’s meeting for most public companies on S&P 500, according to Christine Short, a FactSet guest contributor. These Annual Shareholder meetings provide the opportunity...

Unleashing Your Business’ Purpose: A Journey to Greatness

Unleashing Your Business’ Purpose: A Journey to Greatness

Operating from your center leads to a purposeful life. The same applies to a business. To be operating from your center all your life – is highly unlikely. Often, it isn’t until having enough experiences over time that some of us can find our life’s purpose. It...

The Power of Collaboration: Building a Sustainable Business

The Power of Collaboration: Building a Sustainable Business

From the "sandbox" to "it takes a village" Leadership teams that recognize that “it takes a village” to build a sustainable, well-governed business – are increasing the probability to be successful. In my experience, there are three core indicators of a sustainable...

Empowering Resilience: Unlocking Personal and Enterprise Value

Empowering Resilience: Unlocking Personal and Enterprise Value

Managing Oneself and Gosh Darn…. Managing others There is nothing like hindsight and many years of experience to speak to a “soft“ aspect of personal and professional success. I would coin it Resilience. Like a three-legged stool, resilience is best found when all...

Strategic Board Formation: Key Steps for Startup Growth

Strategic Board Formation: Key Steps for Startup Growth

Forming a Board of Directors for your startup will help your speed to scale, and help you avoid pitfalls that you might miss A classmate from graduate school called me up years ago and said, “Brenda, I don’t know about you, but suddenly I seem to have all these people...

Beyond the Roadmap: Leveraging Options for Business Growth

Beyond the Roadmap: Leveraging Options for Business Growth

Scenario planning yields options that one day can be exercised.   Anyone who has worked with me knows one of my favorite slogans is “Just Do It,” coined by Nike. Anyone who has worked with me also knows that having options to “Just Do It,” requires a thoughtful...

Pricing is Everything: Scale-up Microeconomics 101

Pricing is Everything: Scale-up Microeconomics 101

Be strategic and don’t make this common Founder mistake (when it comes to pricing) Eight months into the lock down, I finally relented and decided to purchase a larger desk. I did want some features like real wood, lots of drawers and filing space and of the same...

15 Questions That Lead to Revenue Discovery

15 Questions That Lead to Revenue Discovery

If your startup is running out of runway, stop trying to just push through. Take action with this contrarian view by focusing on finding revenue that is hidden in plain sight.  The day started like any other. I woke up early, did my yoga, and brewed my favorite mint...

Startup Steroid: Corporate Governance

Startup Steroid: Corporate Governance

In this interview, our founder, Brenda McCabe, shares her passion for good corporate governance.  Unlike other startup advisors, Brenda‘s work with advisory clients is based on “you don’t know what you don’t know” of corporate governance, enabling founding teams to...