[20180617] 五個創業時應避免盲從的趨勢

Five Trends to Avoid When Founding a Startup

By Rachel Thomas @fast.ai

Fast.ai 共同創辦人 Rachel Thomas 列出了五個灣區科技創業公司的劣習,它們只會傷害員工、產品、和客戶:

  1. 過度依賴創投資金,而創投一般會施壓迫使公司快速擴張
  2. 快速成長造成公司管理混亂、溝通不順、員工過勞
  3. 試圖打造“像家人一樣”的工作團隊
  4. 試圖產品化/商業化自己的博士論文
  5. 請太多學術研究人員

收創投的錢是一條不歸路,創投不會滿足於你成爲一家盈利的小公司,他需要你成爲讓他的投資賺一百倍的獨角獸:

They are looking for at least 100x returns, because all of their profits come from the one or two best performers in their portfolio.

創投投資者會用各種手段逼迫創辦人就範,這不是一些個例,而是全行業系統性的現況,而創辦人因爲害怕遭到報復,大多不敢公開反抗:

I have seen a lot of deeply unethical, bullying, and downright illegal behavior by venture capitalists against close friends of mine. This is not just a few bad actors: the behavior is wide-spread, including by many well-known and ultra-wealthy investors (although founders often don’t speak out about it because of fear of professional repercussions).

試圖打造“一家人”般的工作團隊,其實就是排擠了一些有其他生活的人,他們要不不會來你的公司、要不就會嚴重適應不良:

Doing this severely limits your pool of potential employees. Employees with Doing this severely limits your pool of potential employees. Employees with health problems, long commutes, families, outside hobbies, outside friendships, or from under-represented groups may all struggle to thrive in such a culture. may all struggle to thrive in such a culture.

最後,學術上有用的不代表商業上就會成功。要做一個 AI 公司也不需要擁有博士學歷的員工,小公司沒有餘裕去養學術研究人員。

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