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Why Startups Fall Apart at 50 Employees

Coaching your business from its teen phase to adulthood

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AAsk anyone who’s worked at more than one startup and they’ll probably tell you the same thing: Young companies start to go off the rails once they hit 50 employees. I call this the “teenager” startup phase, and I’ve been there several times, both as an employee and an executive.




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