Scaling-up by Racing Downhill

By Todd Gibby WG’97, CEO of BoardEffect

Scaling-up a company is one of the most exhilarating and rewarding parts of working in an early-stage business environment.  But doing so is also filled with risks and challenges.  At this time of year, I am reminded of just how comparable scaling a business can be to one of winter’s other adrenaline-charged activities—ski racing.  This metaphor was introduced to me years ago; and I continue to be struck by the lessons to be taken from the downhill to the start-up.

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