Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top

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Bo Burlingham, the bestselling author of Small Giants, returns with Finish Big, an original guide to exiting your company successfully and gracefully.

"Finish Big is for all those founder/leaders who want to do more than take...it is for the ones who want to leave something behind." Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why and Leaders Eat Last

"Practical and profound, fast-moving and thought-provoking, masterful in its clear prose and compelling stories- Bo Burlingham has once again done a tremendous service in deploying his craft." Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and co-author of Built to Last and Great by Choice

No two exit experiences are exactly alike. Some people wind up happy with the process and satisfied with the way it turned out, while others look back on it as a nightmare. The question I hope to answer in this book is why. What did the people with 'good' exits do differently from those who'd had 'bad' exits?'

Bo Burlingham's first book Small Giants became an instant classic for its original take on a common business problem: how to handle the pressure to grow. Now he is back to tackle an even more common problem: how to exit your company well.

Sooner or later, all businesses get sold, given away, or liquidated. Whatever your preferred outcome, if you start planning for it while you still have time and options, you can build a stronger, more resilient company with a higher market value. Unfortunately, most don't - and they pay a steep price for their procrastination.

Through dozens of interviews with entrepreneurs across a range of industries, Burlingham identifies eight key factors that determine whether owners leave their businesses happily. He showcases the insights, exits and cautionary tales of entrepreneurs across an array of industries including manufacturing, food and services.

Finish Big is an illuminating and inspirational guide to one of the most stressful, and yet potentially rewarding, processes business owners must go through.

Bo Burlingham is the author of Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big, a finalist for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year in 2006. An editor at large at Inc., he has reported on the entrepreneurial revolution in America since the early 1980s and has witnessed up close the birth and development of the companies that have reshaped our world.

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Bo Burlingham, the bestelling author of Small Giants, returns with Finish Big, an original guide to exiting your company successfully and gracefully.

Bo Burlingham's book Small Giants became an instant classic for its original take on a common business problem: How to handle the pressure to grow. It used deeply-researched entrepreneurship stories to provide fresh insight into what really makes a great small business.

Now Burlingham returns with a look at an even more common problem: How to leave your company gracefully. Seeking to understand what makes a good exit, he interviewed dozens of owners who have sold or bequeathed their companies and distilled nine key lessons for success.

For example, Ray Pagano turned down an initial offer for his 28-year-old company that manufactured casings for security cameras in favour of making the business more efficient and profitable. The effort paid off when he sold his newly improved company at the bottom of a recession for four times the original offer. His experience shows how planning ahead for your exit will make all the difference.

Through stories like Pagano's, Burlingham offers an inspirational and enlightening guide through one of the most common and stressful processes every business owner must face.

Bo Burlingham is the author of Small Giants: Companies That Choose to be Great Instead of Big, a finalist for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year in 2006. An editor at large at Inc., he has also written for Esquire, Harper's, Mother Jones, and The Boston Globe, among other publications.

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Practical and profound, fast-moving and thought-provoking, masterful in its clear prose and compelling stories- Bo Burlingham has once again done a tremendous service in deploying his craft. (Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and co-author of Built to Last and Great by Choice)

Finish Big is for all those founder/leaders who want to do more than take...it is for the ones who want to leave something behind. (Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why and Leaders Eat Last)

I love Burlingham's quest to understand why some entrepreneurs create a meaningful life after exiting their businesses, while others suffer and wander without purpose. Practical and profound, fast-moving and thought-provoking, masterful in its clear prose and compelling stories - Bo Burlingham has once again done a tremendous service in deploying his craft. (Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and co-author of Built to Last and Great by Choice)

Given the plethora of management books, the idea of something truly new is nutty. But Finish Big sprouts from untilled soil, offering invaluable tales of business owners wrestling with life's thorniest issues. Remarkable research, remarkable prose, remarkable book. (Tom Peters, coauthor of In Search of Excellence)

This book is a gift, a must read for anyone who has even an inkling that it might be helpful. It will reward you with both peace of mind and a significant ROI. (Seth Godin, entrepreneur and author)

For anyone tiring of Silicon Valley-inspired guides to success, the stars of this guide on how to prepare your business for sale are refreshingly unglamorous ( The Times)

One of the better books I have read on this subject ... full of sound ideas about which advisers to use, how to find meaning after selling your life's work, how to balance the various priorities when you sell, who to sell to - and what price to expect (Luke Johnson Financial Times)

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