Chris Buzelli Invests with Sea Monsters
Business is already trying enough even before money gets involved, but for many small business owners it’s not possible to get their ideas off the ground without some kind of investment. Investors are like spouses, you’re tied to them in an elective commitment for as long as it works for both of you. And the relationship can be ever more complicated by professional and industry variables. Recently, Chief Investment Officer Magazine invited Chris Buzelli to illustrate their 2018 Outsourced survey that explores “Finding the right partner to navigate challenging conditions.” Chris chose a nautical theme because navigating business can be as dangerous as a life on the high seas.
The most obvious focus of Chris’ piece is a massive whale who is able to make his way through the waves as a native to the sea, carried a small sailboat that would have been dashed to smithereens. In fact, there is the flotsam of a ship that suffered that fate, not in the wake of the whale but close enough for a good look. This is the danger of wading into industries without the experience or power of an investor or guide who can help lead the way. Conversely, we must examine the motivation of the whale, who could lift any ship or let it drown by its own whim. The hulking beast that rises out of the water is more powerful than any little sailboat, must be recognized for that power.
So which whale will you tether yourself to? That’s the big question.