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Grow fast or die slow

Understanding the unique management challenges facing fast-growing technology companies.

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Grow fast or die slow: Focusing on customer success to drive growth

– Technology and software companies spend millions acquiring new customers, yet customer retention is what separates top performers from their competitors.

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Grow fast or die slow: Why unicorns are staying private

– Technology companies worth more than $1 billion—and many worth $10 billion—have fewer reasons to go public than they did in the past. Here’s what that means for them and their investors.
Interview - McKinsey Global Institute

Inside the mind of a venture capitalist

– Draper Fisher Jurvetson partner Steve Jurvetson reveals what he looks for in entrepreneurs and explains how large companies can respond to disruption.
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Grow fast or die slow: The double-edged sword of M&A

– Our latest research on growth in software and online-services companies has some surprising findings about the benefits and risks of buying growth.
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Grow fast or die slow: Pivoting beyond the core

– Turbocharged initial growth is essential to surviving in the software industry. But what comes next? Here are four lessons so leaders can write their organizations’ second act.
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Grow fast or die slow

– Software and online-services companies can quickly become billion-dollar giants, but the recipe for sustained growth remains elusive.

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The reality of growth in the software industry

– The leaders of Anaplan, Jive Software, and Synopsys discuss their experiences growing their companies while managing the challenges... that accompany rapid expansion.
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Growing fast: An interview with Box CEO Aaron Levie

– How do you manage a rapidly growing company while maintaining a focus on operations? The head of the cloud-based file-storage... group Box discusses the challenge.
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Securing a billion-dollar business

– Cybersecurity company FireEye’s workforce has increased tenfold in barely 18 months. Chairman and CEO David DeWalt explains... how to manage explosive growth.

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Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The ‘tech bubble’ puzzle

– Public and private capital markets seem to value technology companies differently. Here’s why.
Book Excerpt

Valuing high-tech companies

– It might feel positively retro to apply discounted-cash-flow valuation to hot start-ups and the like. But it’s still the... most reliable method.