A whistle blower calls “foul.” Little Engine Ventures Complaint Submission Form A company manager once told me I remind him of a protective father warning him with a firm handshake and stern words before taking the daughter out on a first date, “She means a lot to me. I trust you. Bring her back safely.” Read more about Whistle[…]

Unique Hiring Proposition

If you’re familiar with the Business Model Canvas, you know the central component is the Value Proposition. a value proposition makes a case for why a customer should pick one product over another, citing the unique value the product provides over its contenders. Business model canvas: Creating a Value Proposition … I was sitting in Read more about Unique Hiring Proposition[…]

Notes & Commentary on “Common Stocks & Uncommon Profits” by Phil A Fisher (with applications to private companies)

I recently re-read Phil A Fisher’s classic, “Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits.” After first speed-reading a book, I return to those I think worthwhile, and the second time through take notes. On subsequent times I refine my notes. Below are my refined notes after several re-reads. Most of the words are the authors. Any errors Read more about Notes & Commentary on “Common Stocks & Uncommon Profits” by Phil A Fisher (with applications to private companies)[…]

Little Engine Ventures Acquires AgVenture D&M

On July 18, 2019, Little Engine Ventures (“LEV”) acquired AgVenture D&M from Mike Davis and Mike Mullen. AgVenture was founded in 1983 in Kentland, Indiana. The regional seed business prioritizes product development, agronomic research and information systems to help farmers achieve maximize economic yield. “Our business is evolving to better serve farmers now and into Read more about Little Engine Ventures Acquires AgVenture D&M[…]

New Day Craft Merges with Fountain Square Brewery

Local mead and cider maker to join neighborhood craft brewer. On May 20, 2019 New Day Craft merged with Fountain Square Brewery.  Both brands established themselves in the Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis, Indiana. Today, the brands ship packaged craft beers, meads, ciders, and spritzers across Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and most recently New York City. Read more about New Day Craft Merges with Fountain Square Brewery[…]

Little Engine Ventures acquires Skydive Indianapolis

Little Engine Ventures (LEV) acquired 100% of Skydive Indianapolis from Indiana Skydive Center on April 19, 2019. Skydive Indy was founded and owned by Bob Dougherty. Dougherty launched the business more than 30 years ago from Greensburg, IN. The business was relocated to Frankfort, IN after a tornado hit the Greensburg airport. Skydive Indy is Read more about Little Engine Ventures acquires Skydive Indianapolis[…]

Magic Glass acquires Autoglass Express

On February 15, 2019, Magic Glass Holdings, LLC (“Magic Glass”) acquired the assets of Autoglass Express (“AGX”) of 505 Farabee Drive, Lafayette, IN from Ron Whitaker. AutoGlass Express provides mobile autoglass service in the Greater Lafayette region. Whitaker will stay involved for the foreseeable future. He will help the team deliver the same quality and Read more about Magic Glass acquires Autoglass Express[…]

Little Engine Ventures Acquires Brickyard Logistics

On January 26, 2019 Little Engine Ventures acquired majority interest in Brickyard Logistics, LLC of Indianapolis, IN. Brickyard Logistics delivers automobile and agricultural parts overnight. All staff will be retained and a portion of proceeds will be used to expand daytime services. Brickyard Logistics is Little Engine Ventures’s ninth control investment in less than three Read more about Little Engine Ventures Acquires Brickyard Logistics[…]

Persistence Before Mastery

We have all heard the phrase ‘quality over quantity,’ right? Well, I recently heard the statement ‘quantity before quality’ and really appreciated it. Before mastery, one must persist through a substantial quantity. A child’s first shot at the basketball hoop is poorly formed and only miraculously made. People are not born master pianists. A true Read more about Persistence Before Mastery[…]