How a startup loses its spark

In this article, the author explores why a startup loses its spark as it scales. They discuss the enjoyable and intoxicating work experience at a well-run startup, where engineers have the freedom to talk to users, come up with ideas, and implement them quickly. However, as a company grows, the fun diminishes. Engineers have limited interaction with users, less freedom to work on their own ideas, and face slow implementation processes. The article highlights the decrease in team alignment, increased communication challenges, and reduced risk tolerance as reasons for diminishing excitement. The author suggests not accelerating the corporate processes and being mindful of hiring too quickly to maintain the startup spirit as the company scales.

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