High Performing EOMs – Episode 5

Our Private Enterprise Podcast interview this month features Jay Jacobs, parallel entrepreneur and Founder of many companies, the most well-known of which is RAPID Manufacturing.


I had the fun of getting to know Jay over the past year as we at Bigelow worked with Jay and his senior team to architect its acquisition by ProtoLabs, a public company that most people would say is the global leader in digital manufacturing.  To read a case study about the transaction, please visit http://www.bigelowllc.com/casestudies/rapid-manufacturing-inc/

When Jay received the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the New Hampshire High Technology Council, he was quoted as saying, “The worst thing in life is not failing. The worst thing in life is not trying. I’m glad I tried.”  What you will hear in this podcast is absolutely true to this quote.  Jay’s life work was a journey – filled with successes and failures. On this hour-long podcast, you will hear lessons he learned and unlearned along that path of unfettered determination.

Edited and produced by Mari Lister.

Six Things
You Can Do
Right Now

  • Enterprising business owners will find a wealth of useful advice in If You Want to Earn a Capital Gain Someday: Six Things You Can Do Right Now (2015), a new book from the partners of Bigelow LLC (Pete Worrell, Dave Linton, and Rob MacLeod) that has just been published by Blue Tree.
  • This practical, hands-on book is filled with nuggets of information—and recommendations—from veterans of the private transaction market that any private business owner will be able to put to immediate use.
  • Each chapter concludes with a compilation of thoughtful, focusing questions designed to inspire interested Entrepreneur Owner-Managers (EOMs) to discover their own answers.


  • Published by McGraw-Hill in 2014, this work vividly describes lessons learned from working with the best seasoned successful Entrepreneur Owner-Managers (EOMs) creating sustaining wealth and positive legacy—at the intersection of Finance and Psychology.
  • This work is based on established foundational theory in finance, economics, and positive psychology, coupled with the authors' years of experience working exclusively with hundreds of seasoned, successful EOMs—industry disruptors and game changers.
  • You might enjoy this "video book trailer", (analogous to a movie trailer). It speaks to a number of themes and concepts discussed in the book Enterprise Value. View the trailer here.