Have you ever wondered why startup companies stop growing? Sometimes they run out
of potential customers to sell to or their product starts losing market share to a
competitor, but there is often a more fundamental reason: the founder(s) lose the
stomach for it.
When you start a business, the assets you have outside of your business likely exceed
those you have in it, because in the early days, your business is worthless. As your
company grows, it starts to have value and becomes a more significant part of your
wealth—especially if you’re pouring your profits back into funding your growth.
For most business owners, their company is their largest asset.
Eventually, your business may become such a large proportion of your wealth that you
realize you are taking a giant risk every day that you decide to hold on to it just a little bit
95% Of His Wealth In One Business
In 2000, Etienne Borgeat and Olivier Letard co-founded PCO innovation, an IT consulting
firm. The company took off and, by 2016, PCO had 600 full-time employees and offices
around the world.
As the business grew, Borgeat and Letard started to become uneasy about how much of
their wealth was tied up in their business. By 2015, the shares Borgeat held in PCO
represented 95% of his wealth.
That’s about the point that aerospace giant Boeing came calling. Boeing wanted PCO to
take on a very large project and Borgeat and Letard turned down the opportunity
reasoning that the project was so large it could risk their entire company if it went wrong.
In the early days, the partners would never have turned down a chance to work with
Boeing, but the partners had changed.
That’s when Borgeat and Letard realized the time had come to sell. They agreed to an
acquisition offer from Accenture of over one times revenue.
The success of your startup is probably driven by your willingness to put all your eggs in
one basket. You’re all in. However, at some point, you may find yourself starting to play it
safe, which is about the time your business may be better off in someone else’s hands.
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