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I am passionate about advising and teaching Entrepreneurs, like you, based on my own personal experiences, successes, and failures, so you can avoid the pitfalls and recognize the opportunities that I encountered along my own journey.


My passions are diverse and constantly evolving, but some of the topics that have always intrigued me include:  

business (specifically company culture and strategy), sports (Philadelphia teams are my favorites), aviation (I'm a pilot with 25 years of experience), weather, filmmaking, stand-up comedy, day trading, and current events. So as you can imagine, my "fun facts" collection is pretty robust!

My aim is to always be genuine and open in my writing, with the hope that my words will strike a chord with you and leave a lasting impact.

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Who is John Ratliff?

I am the Founder of the align5 Companies, CEO of Scaling Up Coaches, and a Serial Entrepreneur.

With over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, CEO, and investment banker, I've reached the stage in my career where my primary goal is to give forward (I never say "give back").

John grew his previous company with 24 acquisitions. He eventually sold his business for 14x EBITDA in an industry that trades at 3-4x. He did it because he understood what drove the strategic value of the business over and above just cashflow.

At align5, we are the go-to resource for growth company Entrepreneurs. We provide resources, education, and community to help you succeed at every stage of the Entrepreneurial Lifecycle.  


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Also be on the look out for virtual workshops, community events, and if you are local--come visit our beautiful align.Space in historic West Chester, PA!

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