At the beginning there was a mission in search of a business model – a fact that arguably sets Study.com apart from most middle-market businesses. Along the way, as the subscription economy began to blossom, Study.com’s founders buckled their fledgling business into an energetic subscription model and turned their attention to managing the growth that comes when mission and model unite. Join us when Adrian Ridner, CEO and Co-founder, Study.com steps back in time to spotlight the stubborn mission that would not be compromised for growth sake, and the business model that would ultimately allow the mission to survive and thrive.
Seth Merrin probably didn't have to write a book to understand the origins of his passion for market disruption, unfair sustainable advantage has been a life long pursuit. Join us when Seth explains the competitive forces that allowed Liquidnet to disrupt the ebb-and-flow of traditional institutional trading and expand the firm's network around the world.
THE POWER OF POSITIVE DESTRUCTION: How to Turn a Business Idea into a Revolution (Wiley, January 2017)
Metromile, a provider of pay-per-mile for insurance, raised a whopping $191.5 million in funding last year empowering the insurance disrupter to acquire a carrier called Mosaic Insurance to handle the underwriting of its policies. Join us when Dan Preston, CEO of Metromile, explains how the firm’s next chapter of growth will involve the marriage of new and old talent competencies as Metromile advances its on-demand offerings into new geographies and further enhances its high tech pedigree with seasoned insurance industry talent.
CEO CFO Management Teams
Three US Business Leaders Reflect on Chinese Market Ambitions
No Pain, No Gain
Which industry is currently having the greatest impact on the evolution of the finance function? Join us when CFO Tom Stewart of SecureAuth adds his voice to the innovative clan of “Subscription Economy CFOs” who are determined to recast the mission of the finance function for generations to come.
Bob Hammer springboarded Commvault into the middle market by creating products to address data management challenges that would reside years into the future. However, even he was caught off guard by the speed with which Cloud computing solutions gained acceptance with Commvault’s customers. The digital blind spot would trigger a major restructuring for the data management firm. Join us as Bob recalls the decision-making that put Commvault back on an impressive growth trajectory.
For most high-tech firms, migration to a cloud computing business model is no longer a question of if, but when. For Informatica, this migration was put into high gear last year when the provider of data management solutions was taken private as part of a deal north of $5 billion. Join us as Informatica CEO Anil Chakravarthy exposes the firm’s transformational path and the structural milestones designed to open a new chapter of growth.
When Activant and Epicor were acquired by Apax Partners and later merged into a new $800 million software company Kathy Crusco was named CFO of the newly merged firm that retained the name Epicor. Join us when Kathy reveals her CFO mindset and revisits the appointment that brought opportunities as well as challenges to a seasoned finance leader.
Four Middle Market Business Leaders Share Their Customer First Strategies
Step back in time and peer into the offices of C1S Group of Dallas and chances are you’d find the lights burning late into the evening with Julie Strong and her husband Matt paying invoices or responding to one last customer query. Today C1S is the culmination of many long days, nights and weekends for the two business leaders (and there devoted team of employees) that together have managed to advance the construction firm into the ranks of Dallas-Fort Worth metro area’s midsized businesses. Join us when Julie recounts the firm’s growth milestones and shares the unique workforce mindset that sets C1S apart from its much larger competitors
Pete Butler, CEO, MS Companies
Lawrence Levy (former CFO Pixar) & John Sculley (Former Apple CEO) recall being Recruited by the late Silicon Valley Business Builder
Justin Tydal, CSO, Seven Corners