About Dave Bayless

Dave is a “business midwife” who gets energy from helping people innovate in and through their human scale businesses. As a former private equity investor and lender, he helped make more than $500 million in capital commitments to finance growth, acquisitions, and recapitalizations. As part of entrepreneurial teams, Dave has helped raise more than $30 million of equity capital. He's also worked in product development, innovation management, manufacturing, and administrative roles.

Life After Disruption: A Conversation with Mark Hill at AFCI

Life After Disruption: A Conversation with Mark Hill at AFCI

The Association for Creative Industries (“AFCI”) is a non-profit trade group. It facilitates learning, discovery, and connections among a membership predominately comprised of niche producers, specialty retailers, and designers. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Mark Hill, the president of AFCI, about the challenges and opportunities faced by his industry after successive waves of competitive disruption.

Before You Hire Your First Employee

Before You Hire Your First Employee

After interminable effort, your sales have finally taken off. In fact, you’re grappling with the “high-class problems” associated with growth. You’re so busy fulfilling orders, you have little time to spend on social media or content development. (Forget about new products! )You’re lucky to get a little time with your family in the evenings after reconciling daily reports from your credit card payment processor. All this success is killing you. It’s time to hire…right? Before you hire your first employee, ask yourself a few questions. Then dig deeper into the root causes of your pain.