Found 3 article(s) for author 'Business Growth and Maturation'

The Soul of a Startup

The Soul of a Startup. Ranjay Gulati, July/August 2019, Paper, “There’s an essential, intangible something in start-ups—an energy, a soul. It inspires enthusiasm and fosters a sense of deep connection and mutual purpose. While this spirit persists, engagement is high and businesses keep their edge. But all too often, companies lose their souls as they mature. Firms add new systems and structures and bring in experienced professionals—and in the process somehow crush their original energizing spirit. In research into more than a dozen fast-growth ventures and 200-plus interviews with founders and executives, the author has discovered how firms can overcome this problem. His work shows that there are three crucial dimensions to a start-up’s soul: business intent, or a loftier reason for being; unusually close customer connections; and an employee experience characterized by autonomy and creativity—by “voice” and “choice.” All three provide meaning to stakeholders. Drawing on the experiences of Netflix, Warby Parker, Study Sapuri, and others, this article describes how sizable companies can still protect and nurture the three elements. Doing that is the secret to staying great as you grow.Link

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AVA.ph: Growing a Filipino E-Commerce Company

AVA.ph: Growing a Filipino E-Commerce Company. William R. Kerr, June 2014, Case. “AVA is a three-year old e-commerce company in the Philippines. From its early start mimicking the Gilt Groupe concept of online flash sales, the company has grown into a broader e-commerce platform for local fashion commerce. Oliver Segovia needs to evaluate where AVA should go next and answer some complicated personal questions. The case considers issues related to e-commerce platforms, diaspora-based international exchanges, business location choice, and global entrepreneurship broadly…” May require purchase or user account. Link Verified October 11, 2014

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Homestrings, Inc.: Diaspora-Based Financing and the Crowd Funding of Development

Homestrings, Inc.: Diaspora-Based Financing and the Crowd Funding of Development. William R. Kerr, September 2013, Case. “Homestrings is an online investment platform for overseas diasporas to link financially with their home countries. The founder believes crowd-funding can become a pillar for development, but U.S. regulatory hurdles and resources constraints are substantial. The company is considering targeting non-diaspora investors, introducing new products like insurance or banking, and related expansion strategies…” May require purchase or user account. Link Verified October 11, 2014

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