Shit big companies say
When big companies and small companies interact, the asymmetry is obvious in a number of ways. But perhaps none more than in the speed with which each of the parties moves. Big companies, which are often comprised of layers of management and unclear decision-making hierarchy, require massive amounts of consensus and buy-in to get anything done. There’s also a healthy level of politics involved in every decision. And big companies love nothing more than meetings. Endless meetings.
Former Google and YouTube product manager Hunter Walk, who is currently a founding partner at Homebrew, tweeted innocuously about this dynamic last night.
Big companies most effective asymmetric warfare tactic against startups: requesting endless meeting
— Hunter Walk (@hunterwalk) October 2, 2014 The result was comic levels of agreement from some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley, including Andreessen Horowitz founder (and Pando investor) Marc Andreessen, former Ticketmaster CEO and current Twitter head of commerce Nathan Hubbard, Greylock partner Josh Elman, veteran journalist Drew Olanoff, and Andreessen Horowitz board partner Steven Sinofsky.
Because it’s Friday, and because this conversation is hilarious, albeit sad in its accuracy, below are some of the best responses to Walk’s initial tweet. If you’ve never been in one of these meetings, count yourself warned: