Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Startup vs. Big Company - Politics


(used with a sing. or pl. verb) The often internally conflicting interrelationships among people in a society.

so says Dictionary.com (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/politics)

Many of us in startups talk about flat organization, no hierarchy, no politics quite often. We tend to believe that bureaucratic organizational structure in big companies is the enemy of all, and that startups are nimble and move faster to adapt to changes to customer demand and market conditions.

I recently engaged in a discussion with some friends and talked about the office politics. There were entrereneurs, consultants, bankers, and even VCs. Not surprisingly, we agreed that there's politics when there are more than 3 people in the same room.

In the startup environment, politics is not necessarily a bad thing. When 3 people always agree, they are not probing the problem enough. On the other hand, the whole resolving internally conflicting interrelationships is difficult. As with many other things, there are pros and cons. What's your story?
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