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You have all been at multiple companies, what are differences you have encountered in those orgs?”

You have all been at multiple companies in your careers, so what are the differences that you have encountered in those organizations?
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Date: Wed-Feb-17-2016-
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I've been at a variety of companies with different characteristics and cultures. Here's some thoughts: Electronic Data Systems (EDS) - large (130,000) global company founded by Ross Perot in 1962. Began the era of IT outsourcing. As you can imagine, based on Perot's persona the company had a lot of "myth, legend and lore". Great place to work. You could have multiple careers inside one enterprise. Amazing growth. Huge challenges such as absorbing all of General Motors' IT divisions. Over time, bureaucracy crept in and the company became less agile. Dropped from first place in outsourcing market after IBM entered the services business in the early 1990's. Missed several key technology trends because it chose to "let others pay the price" of early adoption. Acquired by HP in 2008. Cordys - enterprise Business Process Management (BPM) software company founded by Jan Baan (Baan Software). Headquartered in the Netherlands. Marketing center was a castle (Castle de Vanenburg) replete with 16th and 17th century paintings by Dutch masters. Sales was primarily based on relationships created by Baan. US operations was in essence a "startup", even though it employed 65 people. Quite chaotic and everyone did whatever it took to run the US operations and make sales. Very exciting, but hampered by the 2007-2008 financial crisis. Cultural differences, language barriers and time zones were obstacles that inhibited the creation of a cohesive and unified sales strategy. SummaLogic - my consulting practice that I started in early 2009. Bootstrap activity including filing all the legal documents, building the website, ordering business cards, crafting value propositions, recruiting partners, building a client base. Challenging in that you never know when and where the next engagement will be. But gives lots of flexibility in work patterns, hours, etc. LAYERZngn - a startup client in the data center and cloud automation market segment. Again, a bootstrap activity where everybody puts on every hat and performs different tasks every day. Very exciting and challenging, but very grueling at times. Hearing "thanks, but not interested" from a bunch of VCs can be discouraging, but that's part of the process. Vscale Systems - another startup in the "actionable intelligence" (data center/cloud automation) market segment. Like LAYERZ, everybody does everything every day. Main difference is that Vscale has a product in search of a market - good idea and technology, but searching for the right value proposition. Challenging but very exciting at the same time. So... as you can see, I've lived in a variety of worlds during my career. Dramatically different in terms of scale, focus, customers, issues. But all have a common theme - innovation, excitement and chaos can be found in any company, regardless of size. We were just as innovative and creative at EDS as we've been at LAYERZ and Vscale. Really smart people in all companies. Lots of hard word all around. Yes, big companies get burdened by bureaucracy, but if you learn how to deal with it then it's not such a big issue. It's simply how you approach your job. There is a mystique that is pervasive in our industry (and especially in Silicon Valley) that if you haven't "lived through a startup" you don't know what this industry is all about. And on the other end of the spectrum, if you've stayed at one company for more than 5-6 years then you're a "lifer" and your skills and experiences are limited. To both, I say "BS". Big, small, mid-size, startup, whatever. It doesn't matter. They all provide great opportunities for learning and doing great things. It's simply up to the individual to take advantage of the different opportunities and experiences each offers.
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Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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