Dave Lavinsky is the president of Growthink where he has helped over 500,000 entrepreneurs and business owners develop business plans to start or grow their companies.

Dave Lavinsky, President of Growthink

Q: What would you like to see your team accomplish in 2019?

I’d like our team to help our clients raise $500 million or more in venture funding in 2019.

Q: What were the most challenging areas in the early stages of the company’s growth?

Keeping a focus was very challenging in our early days. We started with business plan development services; basically, we created business plans for our clients. But then some clients wanted help shopping their business plans to investors. Others didn’t want our consulting services but wanted to buy software or a template to help them write their business plans. We always had clients and prospective clients interested in new offerings and had to say “no” a lot and keep focus.

Q: Who is your role model or hero? 

Richard Branson. It’s amazing how much he’s accomplished.

Q: What is your favorite book? 

Thinkertoys by Michael Michalko.

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Thinkertoys by Michael Michalko.

Q: Do you use any specific method or system to run daily operations? 

I’m a calendar guy. I like to schedule every minute of every day. Even if the activity is personal, such as checking emails or writing a blog post, I like to have it scheduled on a calendar.

Q: Why did you choose your present industry at this time?

There will always be entrepreneurs starting companies and entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives growing companies, so there will always be a need for business planning.

Q: What is the best/worst moment you can remember in your career?

The best moment was when our first client received a multi-million check to grow their business from a venture capitalist.

Q: Looking back – if you could advise a younger version of yourself to do something different – what would it be?

Be patient; things take time. When you’re young, it’s easy to dream big…but, it’s hard to understand just how long it takes to execute on opportunities and grow a business.

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