4 Companies Followed This Secret Formula. Now They’re Valued at $50 Million or More.

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My 20 years in the Entrepreneurs’ Organization have provided me with a front-row seat to significant business creation and operational strategy. Of the hundreds of entrepreneurs I know, four Portland, Oregon-based leaders hit home runs and exited at company valuations of $50 million or more: the founders of Ruby Receptionists, Survey Monkey, Jive Software and DW Fritz Automation.

Because I knew those companies very well, I wondered whether they all took similar actions to create that level of success.

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