Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 25 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports there is another interview to be expected for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback John DeFilippo.The 2017 season was Wilks’ first as defensive coordinator for Carolina and his aggressive mentality shined through. The Panthers were third in the NFL with sacks, bringing down the quarterback 50 times. They were seventh in total defense.Wilks has been a defensive backs coach in the NFL since 2006, having spent time with the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers. Prior, he coached various positions in college at Washington, Notre Dame, Bowling Green, East Tennessee State, Appalachian State, Illinois State and Savannah State.In addition to the Cardinals, Wilks is reportedly having an interview with the Tennessee Titans. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, left, talks with assistant head coach Steve Wilks, right, as players warm up during the NFL football team’s training camp in Spartanburg, S.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File) Top Stories Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks will have a second interview with the Arizona Cardinals, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.Wilks reportedly joins Atlanta Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong as candidates scheduled to have a second interview.A request was reportedly put in for Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, but he turned it down and withdrew his name from consideration.last_img read more

Growth Patterns of Technology Companies

first_imgAs expansion stage venture capital investors, we at OpenView Venture Partners push our companies to pursue rapid growth. However, our push is very tempered by an equal desire for capital efficiency. In fact, what we tell our companies is “grow as fast as you can, while staying capital efficient.”This brings up a dilemma that requires careful balance… How fast should a software company grow and how capital efficient should that growth be?My colleague, Adam Marcus, recently sent me a link to this interesting article in the WSJ How Long Does it Take to Build a Technology Empire?Oracle, one of the world’s largest software makers, reached $50 million in revenue in its 10th year. It took software king Microsoft Corp. eight years to hit that milestone. Yet many technology start-up business plans typically project revenue of $50 million in the first five years. The reality, according to research supplied by data visualization company Tableau Software, is that most tech giants come nowhere near those numbers in the first five years. Tableau defines “rocket ships” as companies that reach $50 million in annual sales in six years or less. Only 28% of the nation’s top software companies met this mark. These stats were pretty eye opening for me. What it confirms in my mind is that building a great big technology company is like running a marathon. It takes a very long time to finish, it has its ups and downs, it is painful, and at any point it seems like it’s taking forever. As any marathoner would tell you (and I’m not one!), the key to finishing a marathon is to be well prepared, to pace yourself, and to always move forward.Now there are exceptions… Clearly the growth rates of the likes of Facebook and Groupon give hope to those that prefer running sprint races. The problem is that these companies are an incredibly small sample of the thousands of software companies that continue to plug along at the marathon pace.In my role mentoring software CEOs, I try very hard to balance growth with capital efficiency, but it is a tricky balance. For more on this, I refer you to The VC Dilemma – Capital Efficiency or Big Big Exits.For more on capital efficient growth, check out What is a Profitable Distribution Model and The Ideal Path to Expansion Stage GrowthWhat path have you chosen?AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more