Steve Blank

…I’ve been to the mountaintop and I’ve seen the Promised Land. And I might not get there with you… Martin Luther King

The startup founder who gets fired just as his/her company is growing into large company could be a cliché – if it wasn’t so true – and painful.

Let’s take a look at why.

Full disclosure: I’ve worn all the hats in this post. I’ve been the founder who got fired, I’ve been on the board as my friends got fired and I’ve been the board member who fired the founders.

Scalable Startups at Adolescence
In our previous post we posited that Scalable Startups are designed to become large companies.  Yet at their early stages, they are not small versions of larger established companies. They are different in every possible way – people, culture, goals, etc.  Scalable startups go through an transitional form, as unique as a…

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Published by Ikhlaq Sidhu

Ikhlaq Sidhu is the founding chief scientist of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology in the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley.

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