Zero to A Billion Bucks: How They Did It.

Thomson found that all Blueprint companies grew exponentially after reaching a threshold of around $50 million in annual revenues. Then their sales soared in a steep curve, reaching $1 billion in an average of four years (eBay (Research), Google (Research)), six years (Starbucks (Research)), or 12 years (Dreyer's Ice Cream, Adobe). A majority of Blueprint companies reached the billion-dollar mark in four or six years after hitting $50 million. And unlike the VC-fueled dot-bombs of the late 1990s, most Blueprint companies were profitable from an early stage. They also rewarded their shareholders: At the end of 2005, 60 of the Nasdaq 100 companies were Blueprint firms.

This book talks about how to identify so-called "Blueprint" companies in today's world based on his empirical study of "7,454 U.S.-based corporations that went public after 1980" and interviews with executives at these billion-dollar enterprises.

Quick Stock Tips for the Near Future from the book:

  • in leisure products
  • nursing homes for aging boomers
  • energy, natural resources,
  • specialty chemicals
  • semiconductors for consumer gadgets
  • Our increasingly harried society is also likely to embrace any time-saving product or service.

Based on this article. Check out the website for the book here. Order from Amazon here. I know how this looks, but I am not advertising, just sharing. =)


One thought on “Zero to A Billion Bucks: How They Did It.

  1. Have you read The Goal? I think it is the first book which I will be reading in the holidays.

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