Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb, and Lyft all began life as startups, and their success has meant that the romance of rapid growth and multi-million dollar exits has permeated not only the world of business but almost every aspect of our daily lives. Popular business magazines draw readers in with breathless company profiles and promise that the morning routine or management style of this or that founder could transform your business too. Away from the office, television shows like Silicon Valley and Shark Tank have turned coding marathons and venture capital pitches into appointment viewing.
Where does our collective fascination leave businesses that don’t follow the startup model? Is there any real difference between startups and small businesses? What can they learn from each other? These are just some of the questions we tackle in this episode. Enjoy!
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Startup writer and entrepreneur John Westerberg argues that most entrepreneurs should focus on building small businesses instead of startups