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Change is good, right?

April 1, 2010

Voltaire quote on change

The mantra in IT that we’ve come to live by is the only constant is change.   Anyone in the IT biz knows that change just is.

This is the first independent start-up I’ve been part of, and from before the beginning I knew that everything would be dynamic – that’s a large part of what attracted me (and still does).  But I guess what I didn’t realize is how much it truly is an experimentation process – very little is set in stone.  We have a core idea and product and everything else evolves and revolves around those in a highly fluid manner. 

I feel kind of dumb admitting it, but until recently I hadn’t fully realized that change is essentially synonymous with start-up.  At Ruxter, we have a hundred dials and levers and are making adjustments on a weekly, daily, and even hourly basis.  And if we weren’t changing and adapting in a very rapid manner, we would be ensuring our failure. 

I used to work for a very successful and rapidly growing company that had several hundred employees, and of course we were constantly adapting to our customers needs and an ever changing environment.  There are obvious differences in the pace of change for a large organization and a startup, but the real difference I’ve noticed is that for a startup most of the direction is derived from very few data points and consequently is primarily based on instinct rather than customer feedback.

I’ve read numerous pieces over the years that advise entrepreneurs to not waste their time writing a detailed business plan.  I always understood the logic in that (plus it’s not too hard find something better to do – see the previous blog post), but living it is whole new level of understanding.

John Epperson is a co-founder and President of Ruxter. Having worked in various fields across the technology spectrum in the last 20+ years, John has gained a broad understanding of technology. Together with the Ruxter team he has developed a web-based application that allows anyone to quickly and easily harness the power of the mobile internet. You can contact him here. Follow Ruxter on Twitter.

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