My wife and I recently purchased a new “old” home, meaning it was one that would need some work. Our goal was to complete as much of this work as possible before move-in day, so getting the right contractors in place as quickly as possible was a must. I couldn’t help but picture Tom Hanks and Shelley Long in the movie The Money Pit (one of my favorites) and think, “Is this us? What are we getting ourselves into? Will our house really be ready in two weeks?” (That’s a joke.)
One of the biggest obstacles startups face is keeping their team in sync as the business grows. In the early days, it’s easy to converse across the room and work collaboratively around the card table. But as the employee count balloons, people spend more time out of the office with clients and teams become more distributed, holding the business together becomes insanely difficult.