Infusionsoft Raises $54 Million From Goldman Sachs -- our CRM
provider, that delivers these insights each week, continues to garner more great
support. But it's the photo CEO Clate Mask sent me that put a smile on my face -
see below, but first...
Raising Money: Conference Call Etiquette -- 5 of the CEOs that requested help raising money, after I put out the request a couple weeks ago, were 8 to 12 minutes late for the conference call the funder set-up to discuss. They have a policy of being on time and abandoning the call if the parties are more than 5 minutes late. If four people are on the call, waiting for the fifth for 10 minutes, that's 40 minutes of lost productivity. Dial in a few minutes early and work email while waiting. Courtesy matters.
Tear Up Your Priority List -- this is my first LinkedIn "Influencers" piece for those who already feel their list of biz goals and New Year's resolutions are history - just week 4 into 2013! Take 2 minutes to see what you should do instead!
100 Best Companies to Work For -- Fortune's annual list is out and Google is #1. Perks around health and wellness are a key trend - from SAS's organic farm supplying their cafeteria to Google's 3 wellness centers to Dreamwork's fresh juice truck. Take 2 minutes to click through the list for ideas.
Influenza: Dosage Matters -- speaking of wellness, so many leaders I know are suffering from the influenza. In a new study, HIGH dose Vitamin C and D reduced symptoms 85%. With the onset of symptoms the researchers administered 1000 mg orally (1 gram) per hour for the first six hours and then 3 grams per day thereafter, a protocol I've followed for years, even with our children (I take 9 grams per day normally; dogs and cats produce a body equivalent weight of 15 grams per day as a comparison). Most studies that claim Vitamin C has no impact on the common cold use such small dosages I'm never surprised of their poor results. Dosage matters with traditional pharma products, same with vitamins.
Infusionsoft Raises $54 Million -- using the money to improve product, invest in greater services, and expand their customer base, Infusionsoft grew 53% last year, on a $50 million run rate, and has plans to grow to $200 million with 100,000 small business customers by the end of 2016. Their #1 priority for 2013 is to increase their NPS (Net Promoter Score).
The Photo! -- notes Clate Mask, CEO of Infusionsoft, "one of my team members took a picture of me while I was signing the deal (with Goldman Sachs). At the time, we were at our monthly off-site meeting, working on our 2013 and mid-range plans. We were frequently referring to your book that day and it happens to be in the picture. You and The Rockefeller Habits are discussed on a weekly basis among our leadership team. Your work has made a big impact on our company." Clate, thank you and your team for being such great students of business - your results speak volumes. Congratulations!