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"There are books about starting a company but they tend to deal with the mechanics of business plans and financing. Then there are books about how to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. This is the first book I've seen that details the role of the CEO of a small but growing company." Brad Feld, Partner, Softbank Venture Capital
"As a seasoned and veteran entrepreneur, my tendency has been to repeat in one version or another the same mistakes. This book provides a reminder of what not to forget in the heat of the battle." John Heron, Heron Gustafson & Co., LLC
"Leading at the Speed of Growth is to entrepreneurial leadership what Geoff Moore's Crossing the Chasm was to high tech marketing." Tom Byers, Professor, Stanford University
"Matthews and Catlin do the entrepreneurial process a great service with this book. Their single greatest contribution is the very idea that an entrepreneur can evolve through predictable stages to become a superb manager, leader and company builder." Jim Collins, coauthor of Built to Last Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Inspired by his passion to provide opportunity for other entrepreneurs, Ewing Marion Kauffman launched the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership in 1992. Funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a $2 billionnot-for-profit organization, the Center is the largest organization focused solely on entrepreneurial success at all levelsfrom elementary students to high-growth entrepreneurs. Kauffman Center educational programs, initiatives, and partnerships are aimed at helping youth, college students, and adults who want to learn more about entrepreneurship and growing their companies. Other books in the Kauffman Center Series for Managing Growth: Building the Awesome Organization and Fast Forward Planning. For information visit: www.entreworld.org and www.hungryminds.com
List of Illustrations. Foreword. Acknowledgments. 1. The Challenge of Growth. 2. Initial Growth. 3. Rapid Growth. 4. Continuous Growth. 5. Keeping It All in Perspective. Index.
Katherine Catlin has helped CEOs and their executive teams manage the challenges of fast-paced growth for the past 15 years. Founding partner of the Catlin Group, a consulting firm in Hingham, Massachusetts, that works with entrepreneurial companies nationwide, she created and leads High Growth CEO Forums where CEOs regularly meet to exchange ideas, challenges, and best practices for growth. Catlin also developed Building the Profit Spiral, a proven growth-planning process, and established a Web site for CEOs, www.ceoexchange.com, that provides ideas and information on growth issues. Jana Matthews left her own company in 1993 and joined the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership to research, design, and develop programs that would help entrepreneurs grow their companies. Working with the Young Entrepreneurs' Organization (YEO) and other successful entrepreneurs, she and her team created CD-ROMs, Kauffman Gatherings of Entrepreneurs, materials for www.entreworld.org, and Web-casts. Author of several books, Matthews has founded three companies, including Boulder Quantum Ventures. In her spare time she fly-fishes in New Zealand.