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January 28, 2009


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Ken Kaufman

I continue to find a lot of value in your blog. I did a quick survey of some of our clients and found that these statistics you mentioned are not far off from our small smaple of clients. I wrote a blog post on it and reference your blog here:

All the nest


We will be tracking this through the recession to see how well optimistic businesses do.

Most of the firms we describe as optimistic are run by experienced owners/managers and have a track record. Because of this, we think they will do fine.


Rachael S.

Thank you for the helpful information. I bookmarked your site, and I hope you keep up the good work on making your blog a success!

Mark Bantigue

entrepreneurs by nature are optimistic. they have to be. tenacity against the odds, fight on, play for broke, seeing opportunities in crisis. if entrepreneurial traits weren't so, they would not be entrepreneurs in the first place.

the best ones however, marry optimism with real world data / market reconnaissance.

i'm not surprised that several surveys report this trend. it's tainted with shades of self-delusion. no doubt times are tough. sme's are closing left and right. it's about survival and innovation until the next relaxation phase i.e. economic recovery. we'll be surprised at how much innovation success stories will be out there amidst the out of business signs. this is classic business cycle behavior and capitalism's double edge.

Curtis Gray

Of course we want to see how small businesses fared after one year of recession and find out if they are still as upbeat about 2010.

It would be no surprise to find that that they were overly optimistic.

- Curtis
http://ShipItOnTheSide.com - Build a software startup as a side job.

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