Strategic Change Leader Jim Barnish Reveals How Your Business Can Grow Smart And Grow Fast

"You can be a leader, but don't always need the ball in your hands" - Jim Barnish

Jim Barnish is the Co-founding Managing Partner of Orchid Black. Jim is a strategic change leader with over 15 years of leadership experience in global and integrated operations. M&A and strategic go-to-market planning. 

Drawing on deep operational and investment experience at startup and scale-up businesses, Jim has created and curated a collection of proven data-driven processes and methodologies to help companies build a scalable, fundable, VC-ready solution with accelerating organic growth. 


  • Jim shares the mission of Orchid Black to help early growth stage companies
  • How to become a durable and robust business growing to new heights
  • What a company needs to do at the pre-product market stage for success
  • Strategies to grow during the post-product market stage
  • What growth experts focus on to help your business welcome rapid growth
  • The power of Orchid Black's 360 perspective platform
  • Why you must create a strategy that aligns with your team
  • The power of a strategic narrative
  • Why you must show transferable value to your future buyer
  • How the correct type of strategy connects to your operating model
  • Why you must ensure your business runs without you
  • The power of a coach to help business owners
  • How to avoid burnout so you can thrive and prosper
  • Strategies you can use to fund growth
  • Why you and your business must show compassion, especially with the coronavirus pandemic
  • How the coronavirus pandemic has forever changed the business landscape
  • M&A valuations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and where the market is heading
  • How to think about the timing of your liquidity event
  • The pyramid of value and how you can incorporate it into your business
  • Why you must build a moat around your business to drive value and protect you from the competition
  • The difference between being bought versus sold
  • What you can do to be a better leader and welcome growth

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Jim's email JB[at]Orchid[dot]black 

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