Building the Organization

October 29, 2015

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As the business grows Founders face the task of building an organization that is capable of executing the mission. Individuals and processes that were critical in getting to market become impediments to growth. Assets become liabilities. Founders are faced with difficult choices of replacing people, introducing structure, and creating  new cultural norms. Please share your observations on how founders should address these challenges. What are the early indications that the  you need to bring in a new team, redefine the culture or change the organization? What are you looking for from your VC’s and your Board? What are the biggest challenges you are likely to face while hiring a new team and letting go of the people who brought you to this point? How can you train yourself to effectively handle the difficult conversations that these transitions entail?

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The death of rigid organizational structures
Last modified on October 30, 2015 at 12:47 pm
  Are you thinking of starting a business? One of the most important things you will need to do as a founder is to think about the kind of structure you want your company to have. In order to perform [...]
The Missing Trend in the Fashion Industry: Company Culture
Last modified on October 29, 2015 at 12:55 am
Poor pay, high turnover rates, questionable hires, outsized egos and rotten culture are all characteristics that one might encounter when working in the fashion industry.  Company culture is a vital component of life at a startup and also represents a challenge [...]
Building a Billion Dollar Brand
Last modified on October 29, 2015 at 8:53 pm
Opportunities for disruption abound in established industries. Here are some tips in helping you build a company that will displace its predecessor.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears: How to Scale Up Culture
Posted on October 28, 2015 at 10:52 pm
Scaling up the culture of a start-up is one of the hardest things to do. Just when you’ve gotten used to coming in whenever you want, in pajamas, and drinking beer at 2pm, the culture changes to a mandatory start [...]
Culture: It’s what you do.
Last modified on October 31, 2015 at 1:57 pm
  Culture is not what you say, but rather what you do. Specifically, it’s what founders and leaders do: what they pay attention to, what they reward and condone that defines company culture. This isn’t to say that words and [...]
Culture the silent assasin of many great Leaders
Last modified on October 29, 2015 at 12:25 am
  During the relentless fight to execute on the product and financing fronts of a start up, an entrepreneur must not be blind to a very critical factor: Culture   Bad culture is sure tall tell tale of what leads [...]
Getting Fired From Your Own Company? No Way!
Last modified on October 29, 2015 at 12:29 am
You started a company from scratch, worked like dogs, brought investors in, and made tons of money for both your employees and investors. You thought you were doing great and were just considering a key business plan for next step. [...]
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