Startup Lessons: From Silo to Service

The Problem Until recently, Ubiqua operated in a traditional organizational structure. The type with functional departments and department leaders. After the team grew from 5 to 10, it became more and more difficult to operate in these functional silos. Essentially, each individual ran his own independent operation. We all had our own to-do lists, our…

Startup Lessons: How to Build a Company

One of the reasons I joined Ubiqua was the incredible opportunity to learn; mainly, how to build a company. By joining Ubiqua at such an early time, I’d be able to experience this first hand. Here’s a brief on a couple of the things I’ve learned so far. Q: What I am looking to learn…

Startup Lessons: Managing Market, Vision and Scope

Here’s the situation. Your team’s busy working on X, executing on the ‘roadmap’, but the pressure to grow gets heavy. Engineers are busy trying to ship the next feature. Product is managing the roadmap. And then comes the hard part. A big client has a request. It doesn’t match your product vision; at least in…

Startup Lessons: Thinking About Growth

Growth is King. At any venture, big or small, growth drives the agenda. Failing to grow implies a loss in market opportunity and competitiveness, along with an inevitable end to profitability.  A recent friend of mine gave me some perspective about the challenge of growth. In chatting, he identified the differences between how companies pursue growth,…

Startup Lessons: Bounded by Scope

# Prologue It’s a tough thing to deal with Scope Creep. Clients ask for more than what was initially promised. This is human. It feels good to get more than you bargained for. Scope Creep occurs when the project team ceeds. When the team caves into the pressure of satisfying their client and fulfilling their…