Business Strategy for Software Executives
December 10, 2008
How to Survive – and Thrive
It’s not the apocalypse but it is time for savvy, strong leadership at young tech companies. Here are ten tools for a recession survival kit.
By Bryan Stolle, Mohr Davidow Ventures
This period in history is unique indeed. Books will be written. Meanwhile this is no time to curl up in the fetal position.
Yes, the environment for young companies is problematic at best. Business is slowing. Visibility into 2009 – much less 2010 - is uncertain. Capital markets are all but closed to many. But history shows that some of the strongest and most valuable companies emerged from tough economic times. Today’s sobering headlines are sending a clear message: executives must plan accordingly.
SMBs Move to On-Demand Infrastructure
A new study from Saugatuck Technology confirms what has long been suspected: small and mid-sized businesses offer great opportunity for on-demand IT. Bill McNee and Mike West explain the trend in this post to the SandHill.com Blog on SaaS.
How to Avoid the “Monk” Factor
Stefanos Damianakis of Netrics explains that a new approach can help companies solve their data problems better than an obsessive genius like the one on the TV show. Read why in this post to the SandHill.com Blog on operations.
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Leading through Uncertainty
The range of possible futures confronting business is great. Companies that nurture flexibility, awareness, and resiliency are more likely to survive the crisis, and even to prosper. Read why in this feature from The McKinsey Quarterly.
Poll: How Bad Will It Get?
For software companies still doing well today, how bad will this recession hit?
Last week, readers speculated as to whether more software vendors will open source their products in light of the challenging economy.
More at SandHill.com:
Silicon Valley companies looking to reprice underwater stock options.
Open source RIA developer Appcelerator receives $4.1 million.
WebVisible acquired Adapt Technologies.
Jeremy Jaech named CEO of Verdiem.
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