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We wrap up our first guest here on The DIRT Podcast, who is, coincidentally, also our host, Jim Barnish. Join him and interviewer Josh Tapp as they discuss the elements of Orchid Black’s exit strategy, review what types of entrepreneurs Orchid Black can apply to (it’s more than you think), and give the one piece of advice Jim Barnish would leave with all of his viewers, whatever their niche may be.

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Founders think that we have to be superhuman. We don’t.

Jim Barnish

Founder and Managing Partner

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Jim Barnish has spent the last two decades growing tech companies as an entrepreneur, operator and consultant. Jim now runs Orchid Black, a growth services firm complete with growth experts just like Jim that share an incredible track record maximizing growth and enterprise value for founder-led tech companies with at least $3M ARR that are “in the black” (profitable).

If you're wondering how to make your business worth SO MUCH MORE on the path towards acquisition and legacy, Jim & the Orchid Black team are a must.

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Show Notes

We wrap up our first guest here on The DIRT Podcast, who is, coincidentally, also our host, Jim Barnish. Join him and interviewer Josh Tapp as they discuss the elements of Orchid Black’s exit strategy, review what types of entrepreneurs Orchid Black can apply to (it’s more than you think), and give the one piece of advice Jim Barnish would leave with all of his viewers, whatever their niche may be.

3 Key Takeaways

  • If you have an exit in mind, focus on succession planning and your long-term exit strategy
  • Founders don’t need to be superhuman. Bring your trials to light
  • If you want to learn how to grow a company, you’re in the right place

Show Notes

[1:43] Jim’s exit strategy

  • He’s not the perfect archetype for the people they help because he wants to do this forever
  • The two things to keep in mind for an exit
  • Succession planning
  • Longer-term exit strategy
  • Private equity or consulting companies could be looking to move in Orchid Black’s direction

[3:29] Orchid Black's message

  • Helping software companies create their exit
  • “I love our podcast name because it really is where we get down in the dirt–the depths–of a founder’s story.” -Jim Barnish
  • “Founders think that we have to be superhuman. We don’t. This show is to bring the trials to light.” -Jim Barnish

[4:48] Why Jim’s excited to be the first guest on his own show

  • Orchid Black has had its own dirt!
  • Jim’s legacy is his passion

[6:09] Why Jim’s podcast is perfect for you

  • No matter where you’re at, you could probably use some growth!
  • The five pillars of transferable value

[9:15] Jim’s number one advice to listeners

  1. For listeners that are overwhelmed, confused, or burnt-out (you are not alone!)
  2. To aspiring entrepreneurs and leaders who are looking to get out of the dirt they’ve already experienced
  3. To knowledge sponges that crave learning:
  • You found somewhere you can go, and you will learn a lot of wonderful lessons and create a community around it
  • Man, you’re going to learn a lot!
  • We’re going to go way, way down into the dirt
  • “Listen as often as you can and ask questions. Get involved.” -Jim Barnish
  • We’re raw and are ready to share. Be ready to share back!