Announcing: The Operator’s Handbook with a Special Interview by Tim Ludwig

This is a special episode of Think Like an Owner. In this episode, Tim Ludwig turns the microphone around to interview me on where my interest in small companies came from, starting and building Think Like an Owner, memorable moments from running the podcast, my answers to my own closing questions, and much more.

We also discuss a new media company I’m incredibly excited to announce called The Operator’s Handbook. The Handbook is a print publication interviewing small company operators to find new ideas on how to operate, improve, and grow small companies more effectively. Tim has been very impactful in starting The Operator’s Handbook and is a close advisor of mine as I build this new media company. If you want to learn more about the Handbook, visit and sign up to receive updates as we prepare the first issue for release.

Tim believed in me when I had very little to show for my ambition and has continued to be an impactful mentor in my life and career. He was the perfect person to host this special episode and I am incredibly grateful for all the time and wisdom he’s shared with me. Please enjoy this turn-the-tables episode with Tim Ludwig and myself.

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