How it all started…
Verne Harnish is best known for his three books: Scaling Up, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, and The Best Business Decisions of All Time.
He is also the founder of Gazelles, a premier coaching company for mid-market companies around the world that want to scale up. Today, he is one of the leaders of the scaling up movement.
He believes there is abundant focus on start ups, but limited focus on scale ups—the companies really growing the economy.
As a result, early in his career he created two organizations critical to the growth of the movement: the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (YEO) and the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs (ACE). ACE blossomed into an organization with hundreds of schools in its membership, along with tens of thousands of college entrepreneurs. Its annual meetings attracted some of the top young entrepreneurs in the country; Michael Dell at the Dallas meeting, and Steve Jobs at the LA one!
The Birth of GGI…
Introducing Daniel Marcos, Co-founder and CEO of Gazelles Growth Institute. When Daniel was 26, he started his first company based in Mexico. Then he merged his company with another and grew that to 1,200 employees within four years. Daniel and his business partner sought help to run their company.
What they found was Verne! Verne became Daniel’s mentor, over the next five years. The year of 2008 brought hard times, but after a phone call with Verne, everything changed.
Daniel became a coach toward the end of 2008, serving Latin American companies.
In 2011, Daniel and Verne began a conversation about bringing the Gazelles coaching business online. A partnership and new company was born—the founding of the Growth Institute.
As Daniel began building the business, he needed help. The first person he chose to join him was a good friend and CFO of a group of Hispanic radio stations, Juan Gonzalez. Together, they would create Gazelles Growth Institute.
Timeline of the company…
In 2013, content was king. With Verne’s vast network, Daniel and Juan focused on gathering and improving the content from the world’s best thought leaders for mid-market companies.
In 2014, experience became the priority. With over 100 companies already using Growth Institute, it became crucial to improve customer experience and become accredited by AdvancED as an online learning institution.
In 2015, the focus turned to creating world-wide sales and marketing automation, and scaling our processes with an established internal team.
Today, we are continuing our marketing efforts to increase lead generation through cold traffic and new avenues. We are combing and bundling the business education courses that we have into programs that fit our users’ needs. This particular demand created the Scaling Up Club and the Masters in Business Dynamics.
What’s happening at Growth Institute today?
Today, we aspire to be the premiere trainer for mid-market companies seeking to scale their companies around the world. We are expanding globally, with clients in 43 countries around the world and partnerships in Latin America and Japan to localize the content in Spanish and Japanese.
Growth Institute now has 100 (and counting) courses with 68+ thought leaders.
At Gazelles Growth Institute, we are shortening the gaps in business education and professional development. Today, there is a plenty of content for start ups and larger organizations, but the mid-markets companies are having to adapt the start up and enterprise-level content for themselves.
We are changing that. Curating the best content specifically for mid-market companies that want to scale up, we are making it easily accessible online.
What’s next for Growth Institute?
Our goal is to be best training option for mid-market companies by curating the content that is the best for your organization. We are partnering with the world’s best thought leaders and making their resources available in a format you and your team can use and learn from to scale up your business.
Our dream is to help 1M companies achieve their dreams.
In today’s fast-changing business environment, there are few things that remain constant. One of these constants is education and training your team. It is one of the only investments that will guarantee results.
We want to help your company access the training your team needs to learn and implement and scale your business.
“Education is the only investment that guarantees the ROI.” – Verne Harnish
Why choose us
Why we do what we do
Juan Gonzalez excels at advising C-level executives on how to improve their discipline around strategy, execution and accountability for enhanced achievement. His robust business experience has led him to support internet-related ventures in both the U.S. and Latin America. Juan is a sought-after speaker at universities and industry-related events, including CA World and SXSW. Serving as the COO and Co-founder of Gazelles Growth Institute Juan and his team offer on demand seminars and master courses from the foremost business thought leaders. All courses are self-paced while the most popular offer live discussion webinars and guided implementation with a certified coach. People hire Juan and Gazelles Growth Institute for the following reasons:
- To invest in their companies most valuable asset, their people
- To help teams learn together, grow together and win together
- To help clients learn new and relevant business methodologies that will allow them to do things differently and thus outlearn their competition
Gazelles Growth Institute clients are typically fast growing companies that operate in a highly competitive environment. In this environment Growth Institutes’ unique business methodologies help clients build best industry practices that can result in differentiation. Clients come from all industries and geographies, and are typically leading or striving to lead within their industries. A representative sample of the more than 2,000 customers Gazelles serves would include: Offers.com, White Lodging, Maddock Douglas, Catapult Systems, and Build Direct.