tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:/posts Growthink: The Stream 2016-04-04T19:27:57Z Growthink tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/1025029 2016-04-04T17:54:18Z 2016-04-04T19:27:57Z Congratulations Marci Haire! April 2016 Growthinker/ Guiding Metricser of the Month

Marci goes above and beyond daily for Growthink Market Research Clients. Her vast knowledge base on an incredibly wide array of industries and markets, and how to apply statistics and data to real-world business situations, is world-class. She is also an amazing colleague, committed always to extremely high-quality, client-focused work, delivered on time. Marci has also been a real innovator of our primary market research tools and methodologies, helping multiple Growthink clients get real world feedback on the quality and positioning of their products and services (and new clients too). Quite simply, Marci Glasgow-Haire embodies everything a great Growthink professional should be - extremely bright, hard-working, collaborative, and client-focused. She is the whole package!!

Congratulations Marci!

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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/1023525 2016-04-01T17:35:06Z 2016-04-01T18:11:08Z Happy 11-Year Anniversary Pete Kennedy!

Today is Pete Kennedy's ELEVEN year anniversary at Growthink.


Pete, it has been a pleasure working with you over the years.


You do great work and have great ideas, and whenever I need a second opinion, you're always there with great insight.


I look forward to working with you for many more years to come.


Dave

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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/1021230 2016-03-28T23:48:12Z 2016-03-29T02:08:38Z Congratulations Melissa Welch! March 2016 Growthinker/ Guiding Metricser of the Month

Melissa is centrally involved in client development and project management on a wide host of Growthink clients, including playing a lead role in arriving at project budgets and the most appropriate scope and focus of work to attain high ROI for them. And Melissa's management of many of the new Growthink's social media business development initiatives has led to an influx to the firm of new high sophistication and mutually complementary clients. With these and through many other company functions and projects with which she is involved / leads, Melissa's commitment to professional excellence and to the success of our firm and our clients is greatly inspirational to us all!

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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/996532 2016-02-18T22:12:48Z 2016-02-19T05:50:16Z Visit from Growthink Advisor Jim Hartley

A member of Growthink’s Advisory Board, Jim Hartley brings an extensive background in consulting engineering management and community board leadership. We enjoyed our quarterly meeting with him and the opportunity to be innovative! 

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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/980638 2016-01-28T22:21:43Z 2016-01-29T16:36:43Z Congratulations Tim Martinez! January 2016 Growthinker/ Guiding Metricser of the Month

Tim Martinez has done amazing, innovative, effective and high ROI advisory work on behalf of our client Direct Results Radio. Tim has taught us all a lot about how not to think about a project as just a project, but rather to truly understand and empathize with the challenges and opportunities of our entrepreneur clients, and to propose creative, customized solutions to overcome and pursue them. And his awesome positive attitude and passion for projects and client work is inspirational! 

Great job Tim, and look forward to more great clients and great projects in 2016!



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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/945721 2015-12-08T02:34:13Z 2015-12-08T18:53:24Z Congratulations Lauren Gulliver! December 2015 Growthinker/ Guiding Metricser of the Month

Lauren has been managing a dashboard design and build for one of the largest shopping mall operators in the world, and interfacing daily with their digital marketing team composed of 5-7 high-level and very sophisticated senior executives.

Because of her great work in getting the client to real and high ROI from our dashboard build, the client has requested work on an additional project with the company helping them streamline and make more efficient the collection of data and metrics from within other parts of the $3 billion+, 1600 employee organization. 

Great work, Lauren! 
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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/938274 2015-11-23T18:35:38Z 2015-11-23T20:17:29Z Happy Birthday Dave!

Wishing you a very happy birthday! Thank you for all that you do for the company and all of our clients! Hope you enjoy your special day! 

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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/932269 2015-11-12T01:01:45Z 2015-11-12T01:18:24Z Congratulations Katie Barraco! November 2015 Growthinker/ Guiding Metricser of the Month

Thank you for your dedication to clients Katie!

Katie's primary role as of late is in managing our PM and development teams, so her client interactions have been reduced as she re-focuses on sales efforts. 

That said, the development and project management teams have been carved in her image.

The most inspirational part of Katie's work at Guiding Metrics is that she is the perfect combination of development maven and client manager.  She sees between the lines in client requests and communications, translates them into valuable visualizations, and time and time again delivers a product that surpasses client expectations.  Katie's work inspires and centers our team in two main regards:  First, she helps ensure that we secure clients by going above and beyond in conveying what we can offer (i.e., building the Motorola mockup that impressed the executive who eventually helped us secure GGP). Secondly, she leads the project management and development teams to build dashboards that focus on value over limitations based on initial scoping. 

We had one client who serves as a Senior VP of marketing for Honest Kitchen, and despite the original scope of their project, the client found that they needed much more visibility to assist with their role. Katie worked directly with the project manager, and sacrificed an entire weekend and many evenings to re-build a huge portion of their dashboard over from the ground up. With record speed, she helped turn a challenging situation into a satisfied client who continues to get value from this more advanced, highly customized re-conceptualization of their metrics. 

This is only one example of the countless times she's put everything aside to improve the client experience. From there, Katie boils down the lessons from these challenging situations and imparts them with the project management and development team.


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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/925061 2015-10-31T00:04:21Z 2015-10-31T00:18:50Z Growthink's Darlene Fukuji supporting Urban Fitness 911!

Urban Fitness 911 is an inspirational  program that brings celebrity fitness experts, dieticians, tutors, and exposure to underserved students in Los Angeles. Growthink is honored to work with such a wonderful team making a real impact on the local community! 

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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/922380 2015-10-26T16:18:14Z 2015-10-26T19:32:42Z Antonio Barzagli 4 Year Growthink Anniversary!

All - today is Antonio Barzagli's 4-year anniversary with Growthink.  Antonio - thank you for all of the great, hard, client-focused work, creative thinking, and for your inspirational and high character, ethics, and professionalism that you have so consistently demonstrated during our years together.  

Looking forward to more great work together (and maybe at some more exotic and far-flung client locales!) in the years to come!

Jay

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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/916004 2015-10-12T22:27:37Z 2015-10-13T00:17:03Z Growthink Client Onboardia Makes the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program!

Growthink client, Cathy Reilly, Founder of Onboardia, was selected into the program for women entrepreneurs headed by Goldman Sachs and Tory Burch Foundation.  Through this 5-month program Onboardia, the leader in one day training - currently serving organizations such as Goodwill and TaylorMade, will have the opportunity to implement the 5-year growth plan, and access a valuable network of like-minded entrepreneurs for partnerships and collaboration. [Link to apply to the program here]

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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/911797 2015-10-01T14:53:53Z 2015-10-01T15:19:51Z Happy 8th Growthink Anniversary Kevin McGinn!!! Happy Anniversary Kevin McGinn!!!

Please join me in congratulating Kevin McGinn on his EIGHTH anniversary here at Growthink!

Kevin joined us on 10/1/07.

Thanks Kevin for all your help and work over the past 8 years, and we look forward to working with you for many more!

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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/908277 2015-09-22T16:04:37Z 2015-09-22T22:17:00Z Happy 6th Growthink Anniversary to Stacey Polychronis!

Today is Stacey's 6th anniversary here at Growthink!  Stacey - thank you very much for all of your hard work, enthusiasm, and spirit of collaboration and teamwork over the years.  Looking forward to much more great work together in the months and years to come!!

Jay

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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/900730 2015-09-02T21:44:29Z 2015-09-02T22:27:10Z Kudos to Growthink's Bridget Quinlan and Kevin McGinn for this AWESOME Growthink Market Research Work!

Attention Entrepreneurs: This is Critical...

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Why, because the right market research PROVES your business has a solid chance of success.

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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/898087 2015-08-27T00:15:02Z 2015-08-27T00:15:02Z Fear the Walking Dead and Growthink Client Bill Johnson of Crowdfund Films!

Billboards are all over LA for Growthink Client Bill Johnson of Crowdfund Films!  Watch it on AMC, Google Play, and Amazon!  Awesome and exciting stuff

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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/896066 2015-08-21T00:06:54Z 2015-08-27T00:17:22Z Growthink's Marci Haire and Alicia LaDuke Receive Great Client Feedback!

Major Kudos to Marci Haire and Alicia LaDuke for EXCELLENT research on several large strategic consulting engagements! 

Marci headed up the research for a real estate development project in Bulgaria.  The client was very happy with the research conducted and we are off to a great start to the engagement!

Alicia completed an opportunity assessment for an online talent management platform and the clients  were very pleased by the end result!

In addition to managing the daily needs of our market research practice, Marci and Alicia were able to complete fantastic work products for these engagements! Thank you Marci and Alicia for all that you do! 



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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/893486 2015-08-13T23:56:47Z 2015-08-14T21:15:17Z Awesome client testimonial for Growthinkers Jonathan Gomez and Darlene Fukuji

These are the kind of great client notes that make a business happy!  Great, great job Jonathan and Darlene!

I recently had the distinct pleasure of working with Jonathan Gomez, Darlene Fukuji and Growthink to develop a business plan for a start-up which is an on-line travel platform. They were absolutely phenomenal! 

Jonathan and Darlene expertly conducted her due diligence in a manner that challenged us to think in a manner that transformed our concept into a business model that made sense in the challenging investors' space and made sense as a viable business model to the stakeholders. She guided us with expertise and thought leadership that continually inspired me to challenge my team to focus and create strategic initiatives needed to validate the business plan for a start-up! 

Jonathan and Darlene created a financial model that was a perfect living, breathing and flexible tool that combined the market assumptions with statistical data to form a document that is a combination of predictive analytics and believable financial data. This tool will be used to forecast, predict, track and budget for the new business as it is a "living" and flexible model that includes all of the standard business financials. 

Jonathan and Darlene are intelligent, insightful and creative thinkers who collaborated with me, in a team setting, that was as professional and productive as I've seen in the last twenty-five years of executive management. 

Thank you Jonathan and  Darlene, I appreciate your help and talent, and I will always endorse and support you. You are both quite special and gifted. Thank you very much for helping us. 

- Michael Przybyla, Mighty Media Group

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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/893144 2015-08-13T00:44:58Z 2015-08-13T15:36:57Z Growthink Excited and Proud to be Named to the 2015 Inc. 5000 List!

Growthink is excited and proud to be named to the 2015 Inc. 5000 List (the 4th time we have made this prestigious list!).  Per the words of Inc. Magazine President Eric Schurenberg:

"For 34 years, Inc. has welcomed the fastest-growing private companies in America into a very exclusive club. As an Inc. 5000 honoree, Growthink now shares a pedigree with Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, GoPro, Timberland, Clif Bar, Patagonia, Oracle, and other notable alumni. In addition to Growthink, the 2015 list adds such powerhouses as Fitbit, Smashburger, Bowlmor AMF,Planet Fitness, Giftcards.com, Radio Flyer, Box, and Mindbody. You are in good companywhich is exactly where you belong.

Congratulations to you and your team. You should be proud of all Growthink has achieved to date. I wish you many more years of success."

A MAJOR thank you and kudos to all of my hard-working colleagues.  You inspire me daily with your amazing hard work, resiliency, and enthusiasm and passion for our business and our clients.  Awesome stuff!!

Jay

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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/847543 2015-04-27T15:24:20Z 2015-04-27T17:30:42Z Jeff Jones 10 Year Growthink Anniversary

This week is Jeff's 10 Year Growthink Anniversary!  Jeff - thank you for all of the amazing hard work, rock star attitude, enthusiasm, and resilience always, and for your friendship and support over the years.  It has been quite a ride, and I am confident that the best for is very much yet to come!  

Jay

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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/837892 2015-04-08T16:44:59Z 2015-04-08T16:45:01Z Sign Up Today - 4th Annual University Venturing & Angel Summit - May 19 at USC
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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/834519 2015-04-02T00:58:05Z 2015-04-02T20:21:21Z Happy Work Anniversary to Bridget and Sam!

Congratulations to Bridget for reaching the 4 year mark and Sam for reaching the 2 year mark! Way to go! 


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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/834514 2015-04-02T00:32:01Z 2015-04-02T12:51:16Z Happy 10-Year Anniversary Pete Kennedy!

Today is Pete Kennedy's TEN year anniversary at Growthink.

Pete, thank you so much for all your ideas, input and energy that you've given us over the past 10 years and I/we look forward to working with you for many more!

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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/833093 2015-03-30T14:46:28Z 2015-03-30T16:37:20Z Luke Brown 4 Year Anniversary!
Today is Luke Brown's 4 year anniversary at Growthink.

Congrats Luke!  Great milestone.

Luke Brown
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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/830998 2015-03-26T16:44:41Z 2015-03-26T16:52:28Z Awesome Client Testimonial for Growthinkers Sam Park, Jonathan Gomez, and Ethan Bennett!

Great job guys!!

"Hi Jonathan and the growthink team, As we close in on the completion of our Business Plan and Pitch Deck etc,

and await the final delivery tomorrow, I want to seize this opportunity to thank you for a really great job, well done.

The meetings we've had have been very positive, proactive, productive and progressive and the recommendations from you have been invaluable. When our success story is told, your contribution would reflect as a significant part of our story.

While it was expedient, it was not convenient to have to shell out money at this stage as a start up, but it is indicative of our commitment to due diligence and process and the fact that we are all determined and willing to pay whatever price is required to succeed.

On behalf of Team OKAYHOUSE/ariya, those you met and the ones you didn't meet, I say thank you very much and God bless."


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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/823751 2015-03-13T02:51:59Z 2015-03-13T02:51:59Z Growthink 2015 Spring Hike and Retreat

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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/822142 2015-03-10T15:37:02Z 2015-03-11T16:49:56Z Former Microsoft CEO and Current LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer visits with Growthinker Luke Brown

Very fortunate to have the opportunity to hear Steve Ballmer  speak and to do Q&A with him today. Among the takeaways , 

the most poignant and relevant were: 

* There's plenty of capital available for good business ideas. 
* Telling Satya Nadella, upon Nadella being named CEO of 
Microsoft: "Be bold - but be right!" 
* Ballmer's self-described leadership style is fluid based on 
time and situation. 
* "Get rid of your dead wood employees. High performers 
hate them." 
* Ballmer describes his personality as "hard core", meaning 
he thinks he's relentless, persistent, and tenacious. He told 
a story of happily winning a $20 golf bet from the Dean of 
Marshall School of Business, Jim Ellis. 
* Ballmer said it took Microsoft 15 years to master selling to 
enterprise customers. 
* He described many Microsoft employees coming to him with 
great ideas, yet those same employees were unable to execute 
on their own ideas. In that situation, even a company as large 
as Microsoft still suffers from some of the same pains as many 
startups. 
* He considers recruiting and company culture vital. He and Bill 
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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/817062 2015-03-01T19:48:43Z 2015-03-02T03:20:37Z Happy 9th Anniversary Phil Frost!

Today is Phil Frost's NINTH year anniversary with Growthink.


Phil started with us on March 1, 2006.

Phil has been instrumental in the growth of Growthink and Growthink Publishing, and has also been helping with Guiding Metrics.

Thanks Phil for all your efforts!
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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/816570 2015-02-27T20:57:03Z 2015-02-28T13:36:53Z Happy Birthday Kyle!

We hope you have a wonderful day full of happiness and that your wishes come true! Happy Birthday!

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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/813854 2015-02-20T22:14:45Z 2015-02-21T15:27:48Z Happy Birthday Luke!

Happy Birthday to Growthinker Luke Brown!!  

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tag:stream.growthink.com,2013:Post/813540 2015-02-20T01:06:02Z 2015-02-20T01:06:02Z Dave Lavinsky Presenting to 3,400 attendees at Traffic and Conversion Summit 2015!

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