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.