… some growth mechanism for that beta, whether through invitations or simply making the beta public. Think about it—your goal with a beta is to test the effectiveness of the product, but shouldn’t the ability of that product to grow be one of the most important things to test?
I also met Ron Hoge, another Amherst College alumni. His advice: “Gib, you’ve talked in the past about building an industry. But it takes twenty years to build a company that has that much impact, and you keep joining early stage startups, scaling them, then selling them to larger companies.” He continued, “What if you join an established company you believe is good and help to make it great?” This advice stuck with me, and I began to look at companies that were more mature than the early stage startups I had joined in the past.