choosing partners

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. . . but you can’t pick your partner’s nose. (Or can you?) I received an inquiry from someone who, I’m sorry to say, is going at this bass-ackwards. She’s chosen a business partner, but not the kind of business she wants to set up. She wants to control all the decisions, but seems more concerned […]

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Actually, there are a lot of things that are a lot like dating. But strategic alliances are one of them. You meet someone . . . and the urge to “partner” with them forms. Whatever the words you use–“joint venturing,” “partnering,” “having an alliance”–you start with the feeling that you alone are not enough. This […]

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Remember the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (“Mad Cow”) scourge of the early 1990s?  Well, with approximately 60 million head of cattle in beef processing plants at any one time in China, it should come as no surprise that a joint venture has been announced to develop a “Mad Cow” test there.   According to MarketWatch online, […]

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The nuances may differ but the fundamentals are the same — whether the industry is robotics or real estate, certain principles ally to choosing a business partner. As Rob Nani mentions in his post called “About Real Estate Partnerships,” you’ll want someone who: Can communicate with you easily Shares your fundamental business goals Has the […]

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How to find the perfect business partner?  Well, that’s kind of like finding the Holy Grail, isn’t it?  A long, potentially treacherous search, fraught with missteps and pitfalls. Here’s a 12-minute audio program on the very subject, along with supporting articles from Inc.com.  The hosts, Andrew and Robert, hail from Canada, and their banter reminds me a […]

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Everyone’s entitled to make a bad decision now and again. That chartreuse designer blouse that was just a smidge (ha!) too small (sure, you’ll lose a couple of pounds to fit into it) but you bought anyway because it was on sale and now takes up valuable real estate in your closet?  Not a good […]

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It’s short and sweet and to the point, and the recent Forbes.com article, “What to Look for in a Business Partner,” features yours truly!    My 15 nanoseconds of fame (our sense of time has changed since Andy Warhol’s philosophical pronouncement)! Among other gems that were quoted (the bit about “looking under your partner’s hood” […]

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