May 8, 2019

Well-liked? Instagram doesn’t want you to worry about it

If an Insta post is liked, but no one can see how much (e.g., by the tally of “likes” by fellow Instagram users prominently displayed at […]
April 19, 2019

Failure, core culture, and the stories we tell

It’s a scene that’s been skewered so many times it’s almost tiresome to type it out—the idea of start-up culture in the tech arena, replete with […]
March 22, 2019

Time is your most valuable resource

Trevor Gibbs of Naperville, Illinois, was two years into his anesthesiology practice when the inventing bug bit him. Apparently, the operating room can be a pretty […]
March 7, 2019

Finding the right jockey

If you have a business with a five-year-plus record of strong cash flows, a large base of equipment or a building, and a clean credit rating, […]
January 18, 2019

Struggle is good for the soul

The food-service industry in the United States is massive and growing, accounting for more than $660 billion in revenue annually, which is 4 percent of the […]
July 26, 2018

Avoid ‘idea laundering’ in new business ventures

As a business-development company, we work with billion-dollar firms and startups. We’ve also been hosting the 1 Million Cups networking group in Rockford, Illinois, for about […]
July 5, 2018

Making marketing decisions? Follow the numbers

Every company looking to grow researches potential new customers. Thinker is no different. We’re constantly going through databases of companies to see whether they can use […]
June 7, 2018

How can you raise email marketing’s open rates? Lunch might help

The average office worker receives 121 emails a day and sends 40, according to a February 2017 study by the Radicati Group. There were 3.7 billion […]
January 15, 2018

It’s time for you to ‘own’ 2018

For many companies, January is the time to sit down and plot out a strategy for the year ahead. Did you have a great 2017? How […]