The challenge of being big

The challenge of being big: I’m currently immersed in an editorial project that has me thinking a lot about what a burden it can be for a company to be big; and likewise, the hidden strength (if understood and applied correctly) of being small. For example, Google has become so large and under a microscope of nitpiking critics that if some initiative they attempt is not an instant success, it is likely to be “declared a failure” both within and outside of the company. This is why the practice of “acqhiring” small, clever groups of individuals and their people (who don’t have a cadre of bloggers dedicated to dissecting their every move) will continue to be a part of the growth strategy of large companies.

Speaking of the term “acqhire.” Despite the well-documented two-year journey of the word from its creation on the rexblog, and my obviously failed attempts to get people to use it as a Technorati tag, apparently it is now a “service marked” name of a product. So, let me note for the attorneys, whenever I mention the word acqhire on this weblog, I am not referring to a product called AcqHire(SM), “the comprehensive hiring solution that helps you make more accurate, cost efficient hiring and promotion decisions,” I am referring to a goofy buzzword I use to describe what happens when a multi-billion dollar company purchases a startup company with two employees.

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One thought on “The challenge of being big

  1. My recommendation to you is to –hire the attorneys who represented the guys Apple sued, and have them win you big bucks for the buzzword.

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