No Skid Marks: Experiences and Lessons in 30 Years of Business
Joseph F Paris Jr
Thirty years ago this month, in August of 1985, I started my first business, XONITEK Systems Corporation. It didn’t really dawn on me until I found myself at the David N. Deutsch Saratoga Weekend (aka “Camp David”), which is like a mini (very mini) World Economic Forum (aka “Davos” after the town in Switzerland where it is held).
The theme of this year’s Camp David was “Grow or Go Redux”; in that if you are not planning to grow your business, you should be developing an exit strategy. Fittingly, it was a revisit to the theme of my first Camp David and one that had a significant impact on me.
In between listening to some great brains speak about strategy, finance, and economics; I had the opportunity to reflect upon my own journey.
How did I get to be the person I am today – from what? How did I get to run and grow a business for 30 years? What about the next – well, not 30, but several years? Then what.