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We know that by learning from the failures, Ah-ha! moments, and successes of other middle-market business leaders, you can take inspired action. Every company has a start-up tale — a business narrative that helps unknown companies to open doors.

At Middle-Market Thought Leader, we interview business leaders about the next chapter — the growth chapter.


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138: Achieving a Growth Trifecta | John McDonald, CEO, ClearObject

When John McDonald first grasped the developing business opportunity around what is today known as the virtual private cloud he was a seasoned  software executive inside IBM's sprawling software kingdom.  Join us when John explains how industry's widespread adoption of cloud technologies has led businesses to rethink their IT spending priorities opening the door to…
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137: The Company is For Keeps | Lance Ruttenberg, CEO, American Textile Company

Eight years from now when Lance Ruttenberg blows out the candles on a birthday cake celebrating his company's 100th birthday - the CEO of American Textile Company will be savoring an industrial hallmark no Fortune 500 CEO has ever known.  Lance and his brother Blake are today the third generation of Ruttenbergs to own and…
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136: Finding a Mobile Niche | Scott Kraege, CEO, MOBI

The first growth hurdle MOBI needed to address says CEO Scott Kraege was really an education challenge. MOBI needed to help its customers to fully grasp the impact mobile computing technologies were having on their businesses. Join us when Scott explains how a growing pain point for large enterprise customers opened the door to MOBI's…
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135: Optimizing Your Firm’s Growth/Capital Balance | Alan Rich, CEO, Chrome River

Alan Rich says the best advice he can give aspiring entrepreneurs is to write down their business ideas and quickly put them under the noses of target customers. "Would you buy it?" is the question Rich says Chrome River's co-founders began asking ten years ago triggering discussions that more fully exposed a software opportunity inside…
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134: Inside Seven Corners | Our Featured Workplace Champion

Indianapolis, Indiana – As companies grow and advance beyond their entrepreneurial roots talent often becomes a major growth hurdle for companies that must steadily enhance their talent best practices if they are going to meet the demands of an expanding workforce. Join us when Justin Tysdal, Co-Founder, Seven Corners, explains how talent became the primary path…
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133: Vexing Amazon One Retailer at a Time | Stefan Weitz, Chief Strategy Officer, Radial

Having surpassed $1 billion in annual revenue, Radial's latest growth chapter umbrellas a path between the e-commerce firm's middle market years and its entry into the ranks of large enterprise firms. Nevertheless, the firm's growth challenges remain distinctly middle market in character. Join us when Stefan Weitz, the firm's Chief Product & Strategy Officer, explains how…
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132: Achieving Product Market Fit | Gregg Parise, CEO, Vroozi

In order for a business to be scaleable it must first achieve "product market fit" explains Gregg Parise, who was recently named CEO of Vroozi, a procurement and spend management business that is expected to shortly advance into the ranks of middle market firms.  Join us when Greg explains how Cloud computing, mobile technologies and digital…
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131: The Local Demands of Global Growth | Nigel Kersten, Chief Technical Strategist, Puppet

While most business software is designed to help managers know what's going on with their business, Puppet is designed to help managers know what's going on with their business software - a growing challenge for businesses of all sizes as software and company operations become increasingly intertangled. Join us when Google veteran Nigel Kersten explains…
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130: When Talent and Capital Are Priority One | Ray Rothrock, CEO, RedSeal

Having invested in 53 companies including over a dozen cybersecurity ventures, Ray Rothrock took on the CEO role at RedSeal confident that he could redirect the company's security offerings to a more fruitful opportunity.  Three years later the career venture capitalist appears to have done just that having returned RedSeal to profitability and year-over-year growth.…
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129: EdTech’s Bootstrapped Disruptor Comes of Age | Adrian Ridner, CEO, Study.com

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…
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