in our start up vein, looking at the macro level, there's been a more pronounced uptick in companies that are re-thinking how they get off the ground. 'bootstrapping', 'lean', 'leveraged' - the words all change, but a majority of the principles stay the same.
what's interesting to me isn't the mere concept of bootstrapping, but how companies mature from this initial push. there's an inherent desire, it almost seems, to push from the table on a sawhorse to custom millwork in a swanky office tower as quickly as possible. tied up in this are notions about our client pool, how we see and want to position our firms and displaying some sense of transition or 'arrival'. and this isn't limited to just the physical environment - it's tied to how we manage and run the companies.
so, some of the trends outlined in the books below may seem obvious, but ironically aren't followed all that often. which is probably why they have an audience. at any rate, check these out from a local library and share with the class. If nothing else, it'll expand your overall business lingo and will give you something to talk about with that mba at the next alumni mixer...
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
Rework by Jason Friedman
The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton Christensen
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