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Co-Founder and CEO of EchoSign from inception through tens of millions in cash-flow positive SaaS revenue and acquisition by Adobe Systems Inc. Jason then served as Vice President, Web Services at Adobe, where EchoSign was named the most successful acquisition of 2011-12, posting 199% YoY growth.

One response to “Sorry, But Your Start-Up’s Team Isn’t Actually Any More Agile Than the Big Guys. Why You Really Still Can Win.”

  1. Adron Hall

    The whole paradigm of comparison is pretty broken overall. Comparing startups or small biz to enterprise to other things is just wrong. Every team is different as every individual is different. They can or can’t do some things well, sometimes they rock as a team or as individuals, sometimes they don’t. To put it mildly, I strongly agree with what you’re saying, but also think you’re starting point for the comparison is broken, not particularly at fault of yours – but mostly the media industry setting up false comparisons to start with.

    The point is, comparing by business is absurd. There are so many actual indicators that lead to a great team being able to be great and product high quality, relevant software for the market in a high velocity and nimble way that comparing by business type is… well… kind of stupid. But the industry keeps doing it over and over. The fact is a team at a startup may be abel to kick and entire enterprises dev team of 10x as many people’s ass. Clear smoke it, but on the other hand a nice embedded team in an enterprise might do the same thing to most startups.

    It depends entirely on the team, the outlying indicators (good culture, is it a meat grinder, etc) and what they’re enabled to build. Being startup or enterprise has little bearing on the overall comparison – simply, it’s a bad starting point for judgements. I’ll have more on this real soon, as I’m working on a pretty monster sized blog entry on king makers. 🙂