Seven Secrets of Billion Dollar Companies – Blueprint to a Billion Entrepreneur Version
The Blueprint Growth Institute. This is the institute borne from David G. Thomson’s book profiling billion-dollar businesses. But not just any billion-dollar businesses: Ones that got there better and faster than others.
Below we highlight the seven keys to success espoused by the most successful billion-dollar companies studied by Thomson.
Essential #1 Create and Sustain a Breakthrough Value Proposition
- Are we solving a compelling, unmet need (emotional, financial)? Are we providing value to the industry as well (streamlining, etc.)?
Essential #2 Exploit a High-Growth Market
- Is this market growing at a compounding annual growth rate? Are there few actual competitors because our product is so distinctive?
Essential #3 Marquee Customers Shape the Revenue Powerhouse
- Do we partner with our best customers, shaping our current and future offerings around their feedback? Involving them in many aspects of our business?
Essential #4 Leverage Big Brother Alliances
- Are we making friends in high places (with bigger companies) that have a measurable impact on our revenue / finances?
Essential #5 Become the Masters of Exponential Returns
- Are we setting financial goals, and consistently exceeding them?
Essential #6 The Management Team: Inside-Outside Leadership
- Company facing / Externally facing leadership at the C level.
Essential #7 The Board of Directors: Comprised of Essentials Experts
- Are there CEOs of other billion-dollar companies + alliance partners? Here’s how one company did it. It’s an equation, with some basic business tips strewn throughout.
- What are your thoughts on the seven essentials? Is it too much effort? Does it seem reasonable? Do you think anything is missing?
- More: See the free EITC Curriculum, Module 3 (Section on Writing a Business Plan). What section(s) would incorporate the information seven essentials? Discuss.
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