October 9, 2016: This week’s essay takes a look at the personnel issues of trying to scale a company. A young entrepreneur inspired this; he wonders why his employees are not always eager to take on more responsibility. He’s trying to scale to meet customer demand, and he’s running into a common problem I have experienced many times.
February 22, 2015: The Longhorn Startup program Thursday gave me two contrasting views of “choices” in startup and scaling ventures.
The following post is provided by our friends at TriNet. Our tech communities are very good at encouraging, lauding, mentoring, and accelerating startups. We tend to talk more about the issues that apply at the earliest stages, because that’s where the excitement is. But, when any one of these startups breaks out of the pack and begins to scale in terms of head count, the “long march” is just beginning. I’m not referring here to the military retreat by the Red Army that brought Mao Zedong to prominence (photo above from Wikipedia Commons), but to