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Posted by David Brown, Executive Vice President, Veredus | Hays on Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Successful startups move decisively and adapt quickly. There’s a lesson there for larger, more established businesses, who risk being left behind by agile competitors.
However, in an article discussing start up success by Brian Pietras, Head of Technology Ventures at Hays, he asks “should size matter?” Two businesses that have successfully translated their startup culture into a larger corporate model are Google and Amazon. Both approach hiring and team building today more or less as they did in their early days. Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, has famously advocated the “two pizza rule”, that team sizes should not be larger than what could be fed by two pizzas. When it comes to hires, the retailer famously has its ‘bar raisers’ or evaluators, while new hires at Google ultimately still require CEO Larry Page’s sign off.
Of course, both of these tech giants are still led by their founders, and their ‘startup culture’ is in their DNA. But that doesn’t mean that different businesses, with different histories, can’t take some pointers from young tech firms on how to be more responsive and savvy to opportunities.
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