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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

O Partner, Where Art Thou?

Contrary to the romantic notion of a passionate dreamer going it alone, most start-ups are founded by partners, not solo entrepreneurs. Think of some of the high-tech companies that have risen to fame and stunning capitalization in almost no time: Google, Facebook, LivingSocial. All started by partners.

The trend isn’t limited to cutting-edge tech firms. Partners also founded some of the best-known companies of the 20th century: Black & Decker, Warner Bros., Hewlett-Packard. And then there are 3M, Costco, Microsoft, Intel, and Apple. Partners, too, founded them.


Partners—whether they are family members or not—are extremely important because their presence boosts the chance of success. It seems like common sense; after all, there is strength in numbers. Generally speaking, partners mean greater resources: more skills, energy, capital, psychological support, networking capabilities.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

BPI Mission, Activities and Areas of Interest

A new page, "About BPI," has been added to the Business Partner Institute webpage. Learn more there about the Institute and its range of activities and interests at

This blog is a service of BPI, providing an opportunity for those interested in business partnerships to share ideas and resources.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Welcome to the BPI Blog

The BPI blog is a central address for information, research and news regarding business partner practice and theory.  We hope that you will post your ideas, essays and research papers as well as read and comment on those contributed by others.