February 27, 2006
News & Opinion: Bo Burlingham/Small Giants Interview
This week, we have a loooong interview with Bo Burlingham. Bo has written a great book called Small Giants: Companies That Choose To Be Great Instead of Big. He also knows a bit about the subject. Bo has been at Inc. since 1983 and reported on small companies. He now serves as the editor-at-large for Inc.
Bo and I went on so long that I have divided the podcast into three segments.
- Segment 1: mp3, 15:25, 14.1MB - We talk about what it means to be an editor-at-large, the significant changes that have taken place at Inc. in the last year, and "What is a Small Giant?"
- Segment 2: mp3, 32:55, 30.1MB - We talk through the 14 companies Bo profiles as Small Giants in the book
- Anchor Brewing Company (San Francisco, CA)
- Citi-Storage (Brooklyn, NY)
- Clif Bar (Berkeley, CA)
- Ecco (Boise, ID)
- Hammerhead Productions (Studio City, CA)
- Rhythms and Hues (Los Angeles, CA)
- O.C. Tanner Co. (Salt Lake City, UT)
- Reell Precision Manufacturing (St. Paul, MN)
- Righteous Babe Records (Buffalo, NY)
- Selima Inc. (Miami Brach, FL)
- The Goltz Group (Chicago, IL)
- Union Square Hospitality Group (New York, NY)
- W.L Butler Construction Inc. (Redwood City, CA)
- Zingerman's Community of Businesses (Ann Arbor, MI)
- Segment 3: mp3, 37:35, 34.4MB - In the final segment, we spend time on the qualities of a Small Giant. There are interchanges on mojo, local involvement, and the importance of the leaders at these companies.
- Bo's Small Giants website
- Small Is The New Big (An adapted excerpt from Inc. magazine by Bo about Jay Goltz)
- Book Excerpts (via Small Giants site)
- Bo's Cool Friends Interview with tompeters.com
- Book Review from The Miami Herald's Richard Pachter
- Raising the Bar: Integrity and Passion in Life and Business, the Story of Clif Bar, Inc by Gary Erickson
- Zingerman's Guide to Good Eating: How to Choose the Best Bread, Cheeses, Olive Oil, Pasta, Chocolate, and Much More by Ari Weinzweig
- The Street Smart Entrepreneur: 133 Tough Lessons I Learned the Hard Way by Jay Goltz