Finish Big Press & Interviews


“Bo Burlingham, a longtime editor at Inc. magazine, has spent his career watching successful entrepreneurs build their companies. In “Finish Big,” he tries to remedy what he identifies as “an enormous gap in the business literature” by examining a wide range of “good” and “bad” exits from businesses built by owner-founder entrepreneurs…” Read full review »

New York Times Dealbook



The Stu Taylor Show

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Financial $pectrum

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Barry Moltz Show / AM 560 WIND The Answer

Friday, December 5, 2014
Listen on Barry Moltz’s Website »

Management Today

Author Q&A: 7 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Selling Their Business »

Op-Eds based on Finish Big

Inc. Magazine

“Burlingham avers that all small businesswomen and men need to begin their businesses with a clear eye to their endgame as an integral part of developing successful capitalist enterprise. As Burlingham puts it, ‘Let’s begin with a general rule: The earlier you start preparing for an exit, the more likely it is that you’ll have a happy one’…” Read full op-ed »

LinkedIn Pulse

“While there is no substitute for experience, but Bo Burlingham’s new book, Finish Big, is a great opportunity to learn from the successes and shortcomings of fellow entrepreneurs, some of whom made significant and expensive mistakes when selling their company. These mistakes seem to be more instructive than the successes…” Read full op-ed »

Financial Times

“There comes a time when even the best companies have to be sold. It might be because the founder has no successor; it could be because the owner wants to diversify their wealth; it is often because of one of the three Ds: death, divorce, or a dispute between the partners.

In any event, successful private companies tend to change hands sooner or later. Such a big step must be handled well if you are to achieve what the experts call “a good exit”…” Read full op-ed »

Excerpts from Finish Big

Inc. Magazine: How to Avoid Seller’s Regret in a Business Exit

“The transition stage is the worst time to discover that you didn’t consider all of the possible options before you sold your business. It’s the one stage of the business exit process that almost never allows for do-overs. There are some rare exceptions. In December 2004, Rob Dube and Joel Pearlman sold their thirteen-year-old office products company, Image One, to Danka Business Systems PLC for a lump sum cash…” Read full excerpt »

Inc. Magazine: This Founder Wants to Help You Find the Perfect Exit Strategy

“When Basil Peters was 40 years old, he received his first lesson in exits: his own. He hadn’t been expecting it and didn’t want it, but he had no choice. The company he had co-founded 10 years earlier, Nexus Engineering, had grown into the second-largest manufacturer of the headend equipment essential to all cable television systems. Then, in 1989, the collapse of the junk bond market…” Read full excerpt »