After a two month hiatus, I'm back. For starters...to those who posted comments on my blog, reached out to me through Entiva's website or emailed me directly I apologize for not responding in a timely manner. It's been a hectic eight weeks or so. It started with me taking a leave of personal absence from Entiva (not a vacation but a leave of absence). My original intention was to take some time off to attend to a personal matter that arose in the beginning of May. I really didn't plan to be involved with any of my normal everyday activities nor those of Entiva.
However, a week or so later we were approached with an offer to more or less "merge" with the analyst branch of a larger management consulting house. It seemed like a fit at the time...we would bring our deep dive area of expertise into a larger more established environment that maintained a small company feel. So as these negotiations picked up my original intentions of taking a full step back went by the wayside. Even though that I wasn't blogging or meeting my traditional coverage duties I was reluctant to express to anyone that I was in fact on a leave of absence. Mostly because from a negotiation standpoint this would have crippled Entiva's stance. Hence, no "I'm away" post on my blog(s) or anything like that. This continued for the duration of the negotiation period.
Unfortunately, the talks fell apart since our team at Entiva were passionate about the fact that our value shouldn't be wholly swayed by the "state of the marketplace," as it was put to us. Honestly, the negotiations began to feel like an aggressive attempt to snap up a smaller company for pennies on the dollar instead of a merger/partnership. I just wasn't willing to step into a situation with which my gut didn't vibe well. Anyway, things have settled since that point and I'm back on the block a little wiser from it all. My plans are that Entiva will continue exactly as before, as will I.