One of biggest challenge of working in a growing start-up is stay relevant at each stage while working towards making yourself irrelevant each day.
This is one of my favorite articles which perfectly captures the people emotional graph of a growing start-up.
Give Away Your Legos’ and Other Commandments for Scaling Startups
Here’s something I would I like to share from my experience of working at a growing startup! Changing and working in different roles is an excellent learning experience. Changing temperament required for each of these roles is life changer. With each role change, you cannot operate with the same self. It needs to you change the way you think, ask questions depending on whether you are delivering, building, exploring or just figuring out what you are doing of the three.
Working is the best form of procrastination
I started of XAMCHECK as a part of four member team, 2 of them being the co-founders and other two being more on contract. This was a stage where idea and research was solid. Pilot and prototype was up next.
One of the biggest challenge for me was to find work for yourself, because you don’t have tangible customers/targets.
The day doesn’t run you, you have to make the day run! And this is difficult. You have one vision and it’s all there but not there. But again, given limited resources, you would always find yourself working most of the time. And this can trick mind into into thinking, “ Hey, I am working most of the time.”
So the key is also to find and do work, that’s not rowing the boat but also taking in the direction you want it to go.
I started of working as a part of the business development, working on sales brochures, product collateral and going to schools to do mock sales and finding out if the product can actually sell. I didnt close a deal, and this stint was till our rock star- founding team member joined and took sales from 0 to 3000 students.
Get ready to change the roles
Which would mean dealing with questions of “Am I not good enough, could I have done it better, would I do better next…” It was time for me change my role, and my stint with operations started. The next unknown.