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Jason BlumerHierarchical models of management in professional accounting firms all over the world are being challenged by new ways to build a business. It seems new business models (based on hearing every voice on the team), or focusing on results (and nothing else) are becoming more and more popular as the younger generations begin running the world. It seems some of these methods are hell bent on eliminating management, whether management is needed or not. Is it?

What is a business model, anyway? For that answer, let’s turn to the guru and author of Business Model Generation, Alex Osterwalder. In this book, Osterwalder defines a business model as “the rationale of how an organization creates, delivers, and captures value.” Basically, an accounting firm’s business model explains why they sell what they do, how they price for it, and how what they sell transforms their clients. According to Osterwalder, you need a cool chart, building blocks, and some markers to get it done. Business model creation is currently a fad, growing more and more popular every day. I guess it’s our search for why working at a lame firm sucks. But do we need a new business model? Read more

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Business, Leadership, ROWE, Strategy
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Greg Kyte 2To celebrate the Fourth of July, I went to a Salt Lake Bees baseball game with a bunch of my comedian friends. Here’s a pro tip: If you take your kids to a baseball game, try to not sit near a group of comedians. I’m just saying that when we got there, there was a family with children sitting in front of us and another sitting behind us, and after Andy Gold explained under what circumstances he would and would not hook up with a transsexual, there were no families with children sitting in front of us or behind us.

 

Now I’m not much of a sports guy, especially not a baseball guy. I went to the game to hang out with friends and to watch the postgame fireworks show. Baseball just happened to be going on in the periphery of my Independence Day celebration. But we had decent seats for the game that I wasn’t interested in, and our tickets cost $17 each. Read more

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Pricing
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REFM -  Adrian Photo Square - CATOBThis post is adapted from a presentation I gave at Xerocon Denver 2015. In it, I talked about the progression our economy has made from agrarian, to industrial, to service, to knowledge, to what I believe is here in some industries, and now surfacing in the accounting industry — the creative economy. See this link if you’d like to read the full text.

If you look at our nation’s history, you’ll notice the progression from survival (agrarian economy), to possessions (industrial economy), to freed up time (services economy), to intellectual pursuits (knowledge economy). Some of you may recognize the parallel to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. I suggest we as a society, and as an economy, are moving our way up that hierarchy. Read more

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CPA firm
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Scott KregelEach time another book review blog post comes around, I look back at the books I’ve read over the past couple of months and I reflect on which book impacted me the most. There have been several books that have met this criterion, but I honestly feel like this audience has already embraced the major concepts in the books. Books such as So Good They Can’t Ignore You (Cal Newport) and Influence, The Psychology of Persuasion (Robert Cialdini) were great, but again they deal with concepts like developing a rare and valuable skill (hone your craft) and understanding decision making biases and what influences them. These are ideas that our readers are well versed in.

However, this past quarter I also took part in my fourth annual reading of Healing Leadership (Geske & Hansen) . This book has shaped me more in the past several years than any other. I briefly shared a concept from Healing Leadership during our 6 minute TED Talks at #DW13 (Deeper Weekend 2013). Let me try to introduce these insightful thinkers to you. Read more

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Book Review
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Jason BlumerGoingConcern.com recently posted a great conversation with Jessica Mah, CEO of InDinero. Mah is in a business pivot, and the ramifications to the professional accounting space are foundational. In this article, we’ll explore her thoughts on changing InDinero into a service-based software company, as well as what firms can do to make their own pivots in the future.

SwaS
I’m sure you’ve heard of SaaS, Software as a Service. But SwaS, or Software with a Service, is becoming ever popular among entrepreneurs. This new model of business is all about building a piece of software, but using that piece of software internally to provide a service to your market place externally. We all know that selling services for $1,500/month is much more lucrative than selling software for only $20/month (maybe). The trick is to make the SaaS product scale, fast. At least, that is what the investors, angels, and VCs are hoping for when they invest in SaaS model businesses.

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CPA firm
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Thriveal Launches an Incubator for Accounting Entrepreneurs

 

By Jason Blumer, CPA
June 15, 2015

 

Greenville, SC – The Thriveal Network announces the launch of its Incubator, a year-long program to foster the creation of creative firms and creative firm owners. The first of its kind, the Incubator program seeks to continue the global mission of Thriveal to change the accounting profession into one of high value entrepreneurs.

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Cliff Jumpers, CPA firm
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