scaling

  • Toxic VC and the marginal-dollar problem Crunch Network

    Toxic VC and the marginal-dollar problem

    Venture capital should come with a warning label. In our experience, VC kills more startups than slow customer adoption, technical debt and co-founder infighting — combined. VC should be a catalyst for growing companies, but, more commonly, it’s a toxic substance that destroys them. VC often compels companies to prematurely scale, which is typically a death sentence for startups. Read More

  • Here’s How Spotify Scales Up And Stays Agile: It Runs ‘Squads’ Like Lean Startups

    Here’s How Spotify Scales Up And Stays Agile: It Runs ‘Squads’ Like Lean Startups

    What’s the secret to staying fresh, lean and mean when you’re a hot tech company on a fast growth trajectory? A fascinating document brought to our attention today today by Andrew Mager, hacker advocate at Spotify, answers that question in some detail by telling us how the music streaming juggernaut does it: by dividing up its business into small clusters — which it calls… Read More