A while back, Sutton and Rao wrote “Scaling Up Excellence” an important book on the reasons why companies run into trouble when they need to scale. They point out that things get screwed up when an organization has to adjust to rpaid growth.
This theme resonates. How do I know? Reid Hoffman will be teaching Scaling next year at Stanford. Here is the idea
Hoffman, the cofounder of LinkedIn and a partner at venture capital firm Greylock Partners, says “the general ethos” of the Valley is such that too much value is placed on the creation of startups. “It kind of leads everyone to have the view that if you invest in the right idea, everything else comes easily,” he told Fast Company.
Right on! Scaling is a huge challenge.