It takes time for companies to grow

300x210One of the things I have been thinking a lot about is the pace at which companies grow.   I am involved in companies at the very beginning.   Super early stage so there are few employees, revenue is just starting to get into gear, even the path to growth is not exactly secure.  On the other hand I do get to see companies that are very mature and the different issues that comes with getting a business to become huge.  There are so many components that have to work from the management, to the investors (board), to the leadership etc, etc.

Sometimes companies get to a place where we all know that they could become 75% bigger but for a slew of reasons they just can’t get there.  Becoming a multi-million dollar company is a long hard path.  There are a few here and there that just become success stories over night but they are few and far between.  We all read about them and unfortunately many of them seem to be the norm but they are so far from it.

I have watched more than a handful of companies that I am involved with start to grow.  The team is in place, the revenue model is working, the company grows month to month.  The next step is far from cruise control but more about constant pushing, prodding, molding and hitting the milestones.  It is very different from the anxieties of early stage growth.

Seeing the companies I have been working with start to move into this next stage of their business is insanely rewarding and exciting.  I couldn’t be happier for all of them.  My involvement will change as they grow up but that is a good thing.  New eyes, new money, new milestones.  These things take time and as always more time than you think.