My Article on Startups

Startup Founders Sometimes Struggle to Transition to Growth Phase

I wrote my first article for 5 Reasons Promising Startups don’t scale. It was fun to write and I look forward to writing more. Writing is a great way to get your thoughts together on a topic.

In the article, I focus on the big transition a founder/manager needs to make to switch from startup to growth phase. Raising growth capital is your way of telling the world that you tested the market and have a solution to a need or problem. That is only true if dollars in can be converted into growth.

This phase requires all new skills and focus and the founder is expected to shift his or her own focus on a dime. This entails many things. The critical focus on the company is on marketing and sales activities. Marketing is critical to reaching the audience that you built the solution for.

Company operations need to change a lot too. The founder needs to empower his teams to become leaders and building a top notch management team that can stay aligns with strategy and execute are a critical test of leadership.

Another point I make is about getting better about performance management. Impressing the funder is the key to success but at scale this leads to odd behaviors, distorted incentives and bad execution.

Please check out the article and consider sharing it on your social platforms. Also send me any suggestions that you have for future article ideas.


My Articles

I Was Accepted as a Contributor on

I like writing and do it for fun and because it helps me to think about topics from different angles. It is a little like walking a route for the first time instead of driving it. As you walk the route you notice things you didn’t previously. The slower journey makes you see details.

Michael Zammuto contributor

A joke. I haven’t seen a typewriter in years and am in no way nostalgic.

I have written a lot on LinkedIn and been happy with the response. I enjoyed it as well. Writing for is a bit of a departure. Their site emphasizes instructive content. The emphasis is to empower their readers to learn how to do something. I typically have written about technologies, trends or news. This will be a bit of a new direction for me.

I am looking forward to pitching some new ideas. I may stick to startups or technology tips for business owners. That takes some thought.

My first article was accepted and is in the publishing queue. I will share it online when it goes live. I am already thinking about additional topics