What happens when your file-storage company becomes a full-on platform? A whole lot of change, for starters. How you manage the change determines if the sudden growth will last–or not.
He cofounded the company with fellow MITer Arash Ferdowsi back in 2007. They then shortly shot through Y Combinator and are now held as the model success story forPaul Graham‘s influential incubator. And for what it’s worth, Houston’s now estimated to be worth $400 million.
Talking with First Round Capital, Houston shared how much of his journey from hacker to CEO has been one of moving from designing programs to designing the company–which, he says, is still a sort of systems building.
In other words, this developer has undergone a lot of development. Lets unpack five ways below.
Management Means Stepping Away
From Houston’s description, much of leading a company is the sort of slog that Paul Graham praises: the difficult doing of things you’re not quite comfortable with, on an endless basis.