The C100 recently held its annual Accelerate Toronto event. These events, which take place across the country, celebrate and showcase technology entrepreneurship and innovation. This year’s theme was about scaling from anywhere, and as co-chair of the C100, I’ve had firsthand exposure to what it takes to successfully grow a technology company.
While every entrepreneur needs to think about product, market, customer acquisition and – in many cases – financing, it’s the talent and support from the ecosystem that are truly essential to scaling a tech company.
1. Think about your management team early and often. Most entrepreneurs realize the importance of building a product or platform to scale from day one. But scaling a team is often a more challenging proposition. The smart, scrappy team that can get a company off the ground doesn’t necessarily have the relevant expertise to get that company to IPO.
Adding an executive layer to a company can be difficult, especially for those entrepreneurs who are doing it for the first time. These founders may not know what an experienced executive in certain functional areas looks like in action, so don’t necessarily know when to hire for the role, what to look for, and how much positive change the role can effect. Read more...
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