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Return of the IPO

Mark Lonergan, August 22nd, 2018

The recent return of the Silicon Valley tech IPO shows up in our August 2018 publication of the Lonergan SV150 rankings. Overall, 50 US tech companies companies launched an IPO from Q1 2017 to Q2 2018, with 10 of these companies landing a spot on the Lonergan SV150. These include two companies with over $1

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Your Best Friends and your Worst Enemies…

Mark Lonergan, July 3rd, 2018

One of the most surprising truths I have found in my work as an executive recruiter is that your best friends and your worst enemies (well, most of us don’t have enemies, but we do have detractors) identify the exact same list of our strengths and weaknesses.

Candidates perseverate over who to select as their professional references.

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Lessons from the NBA Finals

Dotty Schaffer, August 13th, 2017

By any measure, I’m not an authority on basketball, but watching the NBA Finals I couldn’t help but see lessons all of us can learn from watching these two great teams. How would your executive team do if they were playing in your championship finals?

Teamwork

The way the Warriors and Cavaliers teams passed the ball, moving up and down

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The Secret Sauce of Strong Founder CEOs

Michael Cunningham, June 20th, 2017

The recent turmoil about Travis Kalanick is another chapter in the tech saga of “Founder CEOs who get their companies into trouble.” Kalanick certainly has his flaws as a leader, but in fairness he did build an industry-altering empire now valued at $70B. Kalanick’s embattled status as Uber’s CEO begs the question, what makes certain

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ISS Got this One Right

Mark Lonergan, February 15th, 2017

Like a lot of people here in Silicon Valley, I am not a big fan of ISS—the company that oversees the scoring of publicly-traded companies for major institutional investors.

However, ISS issued guidelines around board tenure last year that strike me as absolutely correct. They insist that a 10-year limit should be placed on sitting