Software Pulse
March 17, 2010

Gordon RitterSeven Summit Strategies for Reaching the Top

Ascending the highest mountain outside the Himalayas and building a software company share many of the same strategies for success according to one venture capitalist, serial entrepreneur and outdoor adventurist.

By Gordon Ritter, Emergence Capital Partners

On January 24, 2010 at 3:45pm, our team stood atop the 22,840-foot summit of Aconcagua, the highest peak outside the Himalayas. It was an amazing, unbelievable feeling. It had taken two years of planning and training, eleven days of climbing, the expertise of our guides and the fortune of good weather to get us to the top together. We were all thrilled!

When I returned home and described the ups and downs of our journey to my colleagues, I realized my experience as a software CEO had actually helped prepare me for the expedition. The skills and best practices needed to summit a major peak are very similar to those needed to build a successful software company.

Based on my experience climbing Aconcagua, I recommend entrepreneurial business leaders consider these “Seven Summit Strategies” for reaching the “top.”


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