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The Curve Ahead

Discovering the Path to Unlimited Growth

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Dave Power
    Pages 1-9
  3. Dave Power
    Pages 11-23
  4. Dave Power
    Pages 25-42
  5. Dave Power
    Pages 43-58
  6. Dave Power
    Pages 59-76
  7. Dave Power
    Pages 77-91
  8. Dave Power
    Pages 93-109
  9. Dave Power
    Pages 111-126
  10. Dave Power
    Pages 127-140
  11. Dave Power
    Pages 141-156
  12. Dave Power
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  13. Dave Power
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  14. Dave Power
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  15. Back Matter
    Pages 195-212

About this book


Why do most growth companies stop growing? What can leaders do to overcome the barriers to growth? The Curve Ahead tackles these questions using examples from brands like LoJack and Myspace which experienced a similar decline. This book will help SMEs overcome the growth hump by providing tools to succeed and thrive.


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About the authors

Dave Power, CEO of Perkins, has guided growth companies as an operating executive, board member and advisor for over 25 years. He also teaches Innovation and Strategy, and Design Thinking at Harvard Extension School. Dave was CEO of Novera Software, Chief Marketing Officer of RSA Security and a General Manager at Sun Microsystems. He was also a partner at Fidelity Ventures where he was an investor and board member at many growth stage companies. Dave earned engineering degrees at Tufts University, and an MBA from Stanford Business School where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. Dave is a Certified Gazelles International Coach. Follow Dave @PerkinsCEO.

Bibliographic information


"The Curve Ahead is unique book that focuses on the growth challenges of mid-sized companies. Dave Power draws on a lifetime of experiences to show growth company leaders how to sustain growth over time by building innovation into the rhythm of business operations.' - Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google

'Successful growth companies never stop searching for the next innovation. Entrepreneurs who want to build more than a one-product company need to read The Curve Ahead.' - Vinod Khosla, Khosla Ventures

'The Curve Ahead should be a guidance system for all entrepreneurs who have seen early success but must now scale their company to fulfill their original dreams. Dave has worked with several of my portfolio companies and I have seen how his approach can produce powerful, measurable, and lasting results.' - Larry Bohn, Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners

'A 'must read" for the CEO that discovers that the engine that fueled early stage rocket ship growth is slowing down.' - Janet Kraus, CEO, Peach Underneath, and Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School

'It is a Have Lunch or Be Lunch world out there. The Curve Ahead reveals what the most successful CEOs have learned: you need to find your next S-Curve if you want to keep growing.' - Scott McNealy, Chairman of Wayin and Former CEO of Sun Microsystems

'Dave Power's The Curve Ahead gives us a thoughtful presentation and an excellent practical guide to keeping new companies on their growth path as well as helping re-invigorate companies that have stumbled on the way. Dave reminds us all that continued growth always involves anticipating what will make you successful in the future and then doing the work across the organization - to make that future actually happen.' - Joe Lassiter, Faculty Chair of the Harvard Innovation Lab and Heinz Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School

'The Curve Ahead lays out a powerful framework for creating sustainable growth [Dave] Power draws on a 25 year career as an executive, investor and advisor to growth businesses to provide a thoughtful and compelling roadmap for growth company managers confronting the challenge of driving new growth opportunities!' - John G. Hayes, Great Hill Partners