What’s the best way to scale your organization?

Ben Horowitz (Co-Founder & Partner @ Andreessen Horowitz)
Taking the Mystery out of Scaling a Company – Ben’s Blog

When an organization grows in size, things that were previously easy become difficult. Still, if the company doesn’t expand, then it will never be much of a company, so the challenge is to grow and degrade as slowly as possible.

What’s the best way to run your meeting?

Ben Horowitz (Co-Founder & Partner @ Andreessen Horowitz)
One on One – Ben’s Blog

Some questions that I’ve found to be very effective in one-on-ones: If we could improve in any way, how would we do it? What’s the No. 1 problem with our organization? Why? What’s not fun about working here? Who is really kicking ass in the company? Who do you admire? If you were me, what changes would you make? What don’t you like about the product? What’s the biggest opportunity that we’re missing out on? What are we not doing that we should be… (read more)

What’s the best way to retain employees?

Ben Horowitz (Co-Founder & Partner @ Andreessen Horowitz)
Why Startups Should Train Their People – Ben’s Blog

After putting economics, aside, I found that there were two primary reasons why people quit: 1) They hated their manager – generally the employees were appalled by the lack of guidance, career development and feedback they were receiving. 2) They weren’t learning anything – the company wasn’t investing in the employees.

What’s the best way to raise money?

Ben Horowitz (Co-Founder & Partner @ Andreessen Horowitz)
Angels vs. Venture Capitalists – Ben’s Blog

If you are a small team building a product with the hope of “seeing if it takes” (with the implication being that you’ll try something else if it doesn’t), then you don’t need a board or a lot of money and an angel round is likely the best option. On the other hand, if you’ve developed a strong belief in your product or your product idea and you are in a race against time to take the market, then a venture round is more appropriate.

What’s the best way to preserve your healthy company culture?

Ben Horowitz (Co-Founder & Partner @ Andreessen Horowitz)
How to Minimize Politics in Your Company – Ben’s Blog

When someone raises an issue like [wanting more responsibility] with you, you must be very careful about what you say, because everything that you say can be turned into political cannon fodder. Generally, it’s best to say nothing at all. At most, you might ask “why?”, but if you do so be sure not to react to the reasons. If you indicate what you are thinking, that information will leak, rumors will spread and you plant the seeds for all kinds of… (read more)