Peaks, Valleys, and Troughs

The landlord was kicking us out. Our lease had expired and our small startup company needed to hit the road soon. He was nice enough to let us keep the 200-square-meter office space for a couple more weeks but we had to vacate whichever things we still had in the adjacent warehouse. Inspired by how lean our operations were, he probably thought he could apply the same principles and expand their home improvement business, raking in more profit selling sanitary Continue reading →

The Pioneer’s Dilemma

To leave the chasm behind, to cross it and not fall back into it, involves a transformation in the enterprise that few individuals can span. It is the move from being pioneers to becoming settlers. — Geoffrey Moore

I’m a startup junkie. I’ve learned to appreciate uncertainty and thrive in disarray, figuring things out without being hindered by bureaucracy. However, once the startup crosses the chasm and settles into something that resembles an enterprise-level company, I get cold feet.

These … Continue reading →

The Culture Hype

Almost anything passes as definition of culture these days — more so in tech startups.

So, what’s the culture like in your company?

Oh, we have espresso machines, unlimited candy, free lunches, a couple of masseuse on standby — you name it! We embrace working remotely, enjoy unlimited vacations, and are entitled to 8-hours of sleep every night.

Oh, man. How I wish.

Silicon Valley has everyone talking a great deal about culture but do we really know what we’re … Continue reading →