Is it the lingering influence of Valentine’s Day that made The Huffington Post choose February as “(business) partnership month”?  Whatever the reason, there’s lots to learn.  For example, I learned — the hard way — how easy it is to put the relationship aspects of a business partnership ahead of the financial aspects.  For anyone […]

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Strategic alliances.  They’re great when used effectively to expand the range of your product or service offerings.  They’re not so great when you collect them like Manolo Blahnik shoes, merely because, well, everyone else has them. What Is It Anyway? “Strategic alliance” is a chic but vague term that people use to refer to a […]

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As reported in the Washington Post last week, BlogHer, the women’s blogging community, has announced a strategic alliance with NBCU-owned iVillage, which will give the iVillage site access to BlogHer content.  The BlogHer site boasts Michelle Obama as one of its bloggers, as well as being named the #1 most influential “female” blogger according to […]

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by on October 27, 2021

A Strategic Alliance in 3-D

According to a press release issued last week, Intel Corporation and DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. announced the formation of a strategic alliance.  To meet the increased demands of creating 3-D animated feature films, Intel will provide DreamWorks Animation with the latest high-performance processing technologies.  As previously announced, DreamWorks Animation has committed to producing all of […]

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You wouldn’t buy a car without kicking the tires, right?  Similarly, do a little due diligence — on yourself as well as your prospective partner — before you tie the knot.  Here’s a link to my article, “When It Comes to Choosing Business Partners, Look Before You Leap,” which is one of the Ladies Who […]

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No, I’m not cheating on my husband (a violation of a very different kind of partnership agreement) — “Shacking Up Wisely” is the title of a recent post on business partnerships spotlighted by the Huffington Post. Ladies Who Launch (a terrific networking organization for women who embrace “entrepreneurship and creativity as a lifestyle”) — of […]

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“Colin” desperately wanted to expand his computer consulting business. But rushing headlong into a deal with Themis Consulting nearly wiped him out. Themis, a larger company, performed similar services to Colin. Colin had clients and prospects in Boston that Themis coveted. So the two agreed to “merge”: Colin moved to Boston (on his own dime) […]

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From across the globe in Business Daily Africa, comes this plea for awareness of how a joint venture can prevent the African continent from missing yet another technological wave.  What was poignant about this post was that this wasn’t about missing a business opportunity to reap big profits.  It wasn’t just about reaching into a […]

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Years ago, my business partner and I started our firm together with the happiest and best of intentions: visions of profits, freedom from the tyranny of others’ corporate cultures, and fun in an often dour profession (law). We signed a partnership agreement. For a while, it worked. At least the freedom and fun part, which […]

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Transitioning a business is never easy under the best of circumstances; having a family succession plan is even thornier.After all, you are entrusting your life’s work to people who, years ago, may have (1) stolen your boyfriend (or favorite party dress or Johnny Mathis album), (2) crashed the station wagon while carousing after a high […]

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