Growth and Changing Forms

by Dan Walsh

Nothing can stay the same as it grows.

Physics won’t allow it.

Economics won’t allow it.

Only certain things, can be certain ways, at certain sizes.

As a company grows, the camaraderie is replaced by organizational processes and a conveyor belt of new hires. Everyone can no longer know everyone else.

Different sized companies require different business models.

For every type of animal there is an optimum size. Yet although Galileo demonstrated the contrary more than three hundred years ago, people still believe that if a flea were as large as a man it could jump a thousand feet into the air.

Elephants need stouter legs than mice.

Is it impossible to grow a small business into a large business and still keep everything that made the small version awesome?