Monday Jun 30, 2008

Scaling - Do Startups really need it ?

Who needs Scaling, not me ?


I attended an event a few weeks back called "Top Cats" hosted by Paul Walsh and I bumped into Richard Tyler from The Telegraph, as usual with these types of events you have a little catch up then discuss whats happening in the Startup Space,  myself and Richard discussed Scaling, do companies need to think about it now, we both agreed its an aspect of a small startup company that get's pushed to one side as their isn't time to think or plan, its all happening to quickly ? Richard quoted a fantastic video that the BBC made on Firebox in 2000, and the message in that still stands the test of time today.


So as a Startup, how do you plan for Scaling, what happens when you  bridge the chasm and find that users, useage and power are being consumed so quickly that you are in danger of crashing and losing your business in 24 hours, well its easy you talk to me !!!!




Without being a blatant advert for Startup Essentials, a few hints and tips that has worked for companies already that I deal with



1. Think Scaling long term growth now, to late when you are at near capacity and spent all your cash.


2. Investors love due dilligence and a credible business plan, that shows costings for short and long term growth.


3. Investors get even more excited when you show that you are thinking these aspects and are working with a large global enterprise vendor to overcome short and long term challenges.


4. We are a Startup, been their, have the t shirt and know the pains, but also we have expertise in scaling and architectural build out that we talk about everyday to key accounts, these same engineers can help you as well.


5. Then once you are scaling and ready to take on the world, work with our global PR Engine.


To read the full Telegraph article, go here and also watch the video from Firebox as well, some fantastic elements within that ring true in 2008.



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