Editor-at-large, Inc. Magazine and Author of Small Giants: Companies that Choose to be Great Instead of Big
Bo Burlingham is currently a contributor for Forbes, where he writes about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. He recently released his Forbes “Small Giants 2017: America’s Best Small Companies.”
Previously, Bo joined Inc. in January 1983 as a senior editor and became executive editor six months later. In 1990, he resigned so that he could do more writing and became editor-at-large. Subsequently he wrote two books with Jack Stack, the co-founder and CEO of Springfield Remanufacturing Corp. and the pioneer of open-book management. One of the books, The Great Game of Business, has sold more than 300,000 copies. The other, A Stake in the Outcome, has been called “the first management classic of the new millennium.” Burlingham co-authored with Norm Brodsky the popular monthly column in Inc. called “Street Smarts,” which was a finalist for a National Magazine Award, the highest honor of the magazine industry.
In Bo Burlingham’s latest book, Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies On Top, he presents the eight factors that separate owners who’ve been happy after selling their companies from those who’ve been miserable.
Bo’s other books include Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big and The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up with Norm Brodsky.
Before joining Inc., Burlingham freelanced for various publications, including Esquire, Harper’s, Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Mother Jones. He was also managing editor of Ramparts magazine. In 1982, he joined Fidelity Investments and wrote for Peter Lynch, Ned Johnson, and other executives until coming to Inc. From 1992 to 1997, Burlingham served on the board of The Body Shop Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of the international cosmetics company. He was also a founder, with Tom Peters, of PAC World, an international networking group.