Lauren Lanphear: How Can You Protect a Living Legacy?

May 07, 2019

After learning the art of tree care as a college student in the early 20th century, a young WP Lanphear travelled around the northeastern United States working on such prestigious projects as the Vanderbilt and Roosevelt estates. Moved to start his own business, he founded the Forest City Tree Protection Co. in 1910. A long-standing position as the City Forester for the city of Cleveland Heights sustained the business through the Great Depression. As it grew, Fore...

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Michael Haenlein: Why are So Many Businesses Missing the AI Revolution?

April 30, 2019

According to Michael Haenlein, Marketing Professor and Scientific Director of the ESCP Europe Research Centre on Big Data, not only do we struggle to define artificial intelligence (AI); we have problems qualifying intelligence in general. Our failure to understand the concept and therefore implement AI effectively – at least when it comes to maintaining a competitive adv...

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Christina Armentano from Paraco Gas: When is it the Right Time to Join the Family Business?

April 23, 2019

Paraco Gas is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The third-generation family firm is the 10th largest propane retailer in the United States, serving 120,000 customers throughout the northeastern U.S. Half a century ago, Pat Armentano,...

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Should You Give Equity to Your Employees?

April 14, 2019

On this episode of the Family Business Voice, Joel Clark, CEO of Kodiak Cakes talks to Ramia about entrepreneurial perseverance and giving equity to employees. - Before Kodiak Cakes became what it is today, it took years o...

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Can You Grow Your Business too Quickly?

April 14, 2019

On this episode of The Family Business Voice, John Barrow from the Barrow Group talks to Ramia about the politics of business in SA and the risk of growing too large too quickly. - John's siblings and cousins work in flattened structure to ensure equality. - Remarkably, there has been almost no conflict in the family business despite five members of the same generation working closely together. - Growing the business isn't...

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