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The case for not scaling
Wil Reynolds
Associate

@wilreynolds
My PATH

@wilreynolds
Make this matter

@wilreynolds
To this kid

@wilreynolds
Helping people to grow…

@wilreynolds
Rocket ship Startup
Fail
Fortune 500
Fail
@wilreynolds
Volunteering

@wilreynolds
I missed the
kids
(not the parents)

@wilreynolds
Me: Can I work
through my lunch?
@wilreynolds
@wilreynolds
30 months,
30 knocks,
0 interviews,
Desired salary: 48k
@wilreynolds
I quit.
@wilreynolds
I had no choice
@wilreynolds
st
1

Call

@wilreynolds
Entrepreneur,
bleh
@wilreynolds
Associate
@wilreynolds
Entrepreneur
@wilreynolds
Untrepreneur
@wilreynolds
ACCIDENTAL
Entrepreneur
@wilreynolds
@wilreynolds
My
Compass

@wilreynolds
My QUIRKS

@wilreynolds
Self-Righteous
@wilreynolds

23
“Never get over 10
people”
@wilreynolds

24
Know my team
@wilreynolds

25
Out Care my
competitors
@wilreynolds

26
We are not getting
over 15
@wilreynolds

27
Soul Searching
@wilreynolds
Growth vs Care

@wilreynolds
Got sick of saying
“NO”
@wilreynolds
Growth “Grow”
Let’s vs Care

@wilreynolds
So I scaled

@wilreynolds
Growth “Grow”
Let’s vs Care

@wilreynolds
break

First thing to
… Promises + Processes
@wilreynolds
The Pain of Building
non-scalable processes
@wilreynolds
Running
into Walls,
no planning
@wilreynolds

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattmendoza
Hired
Finance @

5.2

Million
@wilreynolds

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattmendoza
Hired HR @

58

employees
@wilreynolds

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattmendoza
Hired IT @

63

employees
@wilreynolds

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattmendoza
My TEAM

@wilreynolds
Showering w/ My Team

@wilreynolds
Over
communicate
CARE
@wilreynolds
Instilling in your leaders
the importance of TEAM

@wilreynolds
You can scale caring

@wilreynolds

44
When’s the last time you
did something for …

@wilreynolds
My NUMBERS

@wilreynolds
The day
10%
mattered
@wilreynolds
3 Tips for Accidental
Entrepreneurs

@wilreynolds
Be a student…forever, be
open to learning

@wilreynolds
First Rodeo

@wilreynolds
Be a student…forever

@wilreynolds
Be a student…forever

@wilreynolds
The one piece of advice
everyone says…

@wilreynolds
Work on the business
instead of in the business

@wilreynolds
@wilreynolds

http://www.flickr.com/photos/61053765@N00/39717370
82
Work on what makes you
happy

@wilreynolds
Hire someone who’s happy
place is “on” the business

@wilreynolds
On vs In

@wilreynolds
2002 – 2008-80% in / 20% on
2009 – 2012-20% in / 80% on
2013 – Beyond – 50/50
@wilreynolds
Growth is a retention strategy
@wilreynolds
Volunteer your time, keep
your “problems” in check

@wilreynolds
About me.
Wil Reynolds
Founder
@wilreynolds
facebook.com/wilreynolds
wilr@seerinteractive.com
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Un-trepreneurship - My struggle with being an accidental entrepreneur

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Just my story on how I got to do what I am doing, how I didn't actually want to start my business, how I had basically no choice, and jumped and did it. Outlining how I kept to my beliefs, how that got difficult as I got bigger, and how I eventually got peaceful with the fact that scale isn't a bad thing.

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  1. 1. The case for not scaling Wil Reynolds Associate @wilreynolds
  2. 2. My PATH @wilreynolds
  3. 3. Make this matter @wilreynolds
  4. 4. To this kid @wilreynolds
  5. 5. Helping people to grow… @wilreynolds
  6. 6. Rocket ship Startup Fail Fortune 500 Fail @wilreynolds
  7. 7. Volunteering @wilreynolds
  8. 8. I missed the kids (not the parents) @wilreynolds
  9. 9. Me: Can I work through my lunch? @wilreynolds
  10. 10. @wilreynolds
  11. 11. 30 months, 30 knocks, 0 interviews, Desired salary: 48k @wilreynolds
  12. 12. I quit. @wilreynolds
  13. 13. I had no choice @wilreynolds
  14. 14. st 1 Call @wilreynolds
  15. 15. Entrepreneur, bleh @wilreynolds
  16. 16. Associate @wilreynolds
  17. 17. Entrepreneur @wilreynolds
  18. 18. Untrepreneur @wilreynolds
  19. 19. ACCIDENTAL Entrepreneur @wilreynolds
  20. 20. @wilreynolds
  21. 21. My Compass @wilreynolds
  22. 22. My QUIRKS @wilreynolds
  23. 23. Self-Righteous @wilreynolds 23
  24. 24. “Never get over 10 people” @wilreynolds 24
  25. 25. Know my team @wilreynolds 25
  26. 26. Out Care my competitors @wilreynolds 26
  27. 27. We are not getting over 15 @wilreynolds 27
  28. 28. Soul Searching @wilreynolds
  29. 29. Growth vs Care @wilreynolds
  30. 30. Got sick of saying “NO” @wilreynolds
  31. 31. Growth “Grow” Let’s vs Care @wilreynolds
  32. 32. So I scaled @wilreynolds
  33. 33. Growth “Grow” Let’s vs Care @wilreynolds
  34. 34. break First thing to … Promises + Processes @wilreynolds
  35. 35. The Pain of Building non-scalable processes @wilreynolds
  36. 36. Running into Walls, no planning @wilreynolds http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattmendoza
  37. 37. Hired Finance @ 5.2 Million @wilreynolds http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattmendoza
  38. 38. Hired HR @ 58 employees @wilreynolds http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattmendoza
  39. 39. Hired IT @ 63 employees @wilreynolds http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattmendoza
  40. 40. My TEAM @wilreynolds
  41. 41. Showering w/ My Team @wilreynolds
  42. 42. Over communicate CARE @wilreynolds
  43. 43. Instilling in your leaders the importance of TEAM @wilreynolds
  44. 44. You can scale caring @wilreynolds 44
  45. 45. When’s the last time you did something for … @wilreynolds
  46. 46. My NUMBERS @wilreynolds
  47. 47. The day 10% mattered @wilreynolds
  48. 48. 3 Tips for Accidental Entrepreneurs @wilreynolds
  49. 49. Be a student…forever, be open to learning @wilreynolds
  50. 50. First Rodeo @wilreynolds
  51. 51. Be a student…forever @wilreynolds
  52. 52. Be a student…forever @wilreynolds
  53. 53. The one piece of advice everyone says… @wilreynolds
  54. 54. Work on the business instead of in the business @wilreynolds
  55. 55. @wilreynolds http://www.flickr.com/photos/61053765@N00/39717370 82
  56. 56. Work on what makes you happy @wilreynolds
  57. 57. Hire someone who’s happy place is “on” the business @wilreynolds
  58. 58. On vs In @wilreynolds
  59. 59. 2002 – 2008-80% in / 20% on 2009 – 2012-20% in / 80% on 2013 – Beyond – 50/50 @wilreynolds
  60. 60. Growth is a retention strategy @wilreynolds
  61. 61. Volunteer your time, keep your “problems” in check @wilreynolds
  62. 62. About me. Wil Reynolds Founder @wilreynolds facebook.com/wilreynolds wilr@seerinteractive.com
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