Our weekly newsletter provides a brief snapshot of issues we have been working on internally, research topics we have been pursuing, or interesting articles or media that have come across our desk and impacted our thinking.
March 24, 2017

Weekly Thoughts: Office Space

Here is something that caught our eye this week: Office Space When we moved to Maine, we felt it was more important to get up and running than to secure aspirational office space. We selected our current relatively sparse location based on two primary criteria, […]
March 17, 2017

Weekly Thoughts: Titles

Here is something that caught our eye this week: Titles Last week, we attended a conference that led us to think about business, politics, and power dynamics. While perusing the impressive attendee bios ahead of the event, we debated the status associated with the various […]
March 10, 2017

Weekly Thoughts: Rowing vs. Steering

Here is something that caught our eye this week: Rowing vs. Steering At Chenmark, we’re often torn between a desire to hop into the weeds of a portfolio company to help solve problems and the recognition that to be most effective, we should eventually adopt […]
March 3, 2017

Weekly Thoughts: And The Award Goes To…

Here is something that caught our eye this week: And The Award Goes To… In small business, perfect is often the enemy of good. Decisions need to be made on a daily basis based on incomplete information and simply moving forward is sometimes more important […]
February 24, 2017

Weekly Thoughts: Minimalism

Here is something that caught our eye this week: Minimalism We sometimes talk about buying a beautiful piece of land — likely somewhere in northern Maine — and populating it with “tiny” homes (500 square feet or less) to create a minimalist camp compound (to […]
February 17, 2017

Weekly Thoughts: Missionaries vs. Mercenaries

Here is something that caught our eye this week: Missionaries vs. Mercenaries As Chenmark expands, we’ve been thinking a lot about people. We believe that we are only as good as our network, and at the core of that network are the people we’re fortunate […]