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Secrets of Scaling: Boston CEOs talk about how start-ups get big (Audio)

Posted by Scott Kirsner  October 31, 2011 12:47 PM

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Sharing some audio from a session I led at last Friday's Innovation Unconference...featuring a line-up of seven local CEOs talking about how their companies made it big, and sharing their advice with the start-ups in the audience.

The speakers were (from left):

- Michael Simon, CEO and co-founder, LogMeIn
- Scott Griffith, CEO, Zipcar
- Gail Goodman, CEO, Constant Contact
- Niraj Shah, CEO and co-founder, WayFair (formerly CSN Stores)
- Colin Angle, CEO and co-founder, iRobot
- Paul English, CTO and co-founder, Kayak.com
- Matt Lauzon, CEO and co-founder, Gemvara

My opening request to the speakers: tell us about one decision you made that you think was crucial in helping your company evolve from a small start-up into a major player. The audio was recorded on my iPhone, so you may need to adjust the volume here and there. Photo at right is from Jeff Bussgang of Flybridge Capital, who was in the front row.

Bussgang posted about the top five "scaling lessons" that the speakers shared, and Xconomy covered the session here.

Secrets of Scaling session, from the 2011 Innovation Unconference

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