The Best Way to Keep Founders Around After an Acquisition

Someone founds a company because they want to be a leader, not a follower. Entrepreneurs have a difficult time when the acquiring company tries telling them how to run the business they have created and grown.

When the acquiring company is successful at getting the founder to stick around, it’s typically because they’ve learned to give their founders the latitude to run their startup as an independent unit within the business. You’ll hear these founders say, “I work for Marc [Benioff]” or “I work for Jeff [Bezos]” rather than “I work for Salesforce” or “I work for Amazon.”

In this case the startup founders get direct access to the CEOs. Nothing changes for the startup except who owns the company.

Source: TechVibes

Software Startups Not on Cloud ‘Doing It Wrong,’ Says Reddit’s Jeremy Edberg

A startup faces a lot of challenges in its’ life-cycle, but there are few that stick out.

The first question has to do with explosive growth—how do you start it?

A lot of startups often die looking for that growth.

Those that thrive, and find user attention often struggle with what can at time be an even more complicated problem: how do you manage that growth once it has started?

Reddit draws just over a hundred million unique visitors every month. With just under 8,000 active communities embedded within the site as subreddits, it powers the global “community of communities”—and is one of Alexa’s top 100 sites. It is a global brand of its own, capable of curating a rush of traffic to the most pressing political issue of the day, or a funny picture of a dog.

Source: TechVibes