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Hyper-growth 2/4⛽️ Hyper-Growth Preparation
By Kerry from Try Catch • Issue #15 • View online
Morning, Friday.
It’s Kerry from Try Catch, we’re back at it again with another perspective of the January topic of Try Catch Essentials: Hyper-Growth.
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Last week, we dove into a brief explanation of Hyper-Growth, and featured a great interview with the Head of Growth at Harver, Nazy Kerr.
She prescribed that a key component of coming out of hyper-growth is focussing on Impact Hires: candidates that punch above their weight in their roles and contribute, thrive and drive the company culture.
This week, we’re covering Hyper-Growth Preparation: what you can do to prepare your hiring machine and processes before the blast-off of the hockey stick shape curve.
Taken from Alexander Izosimov, author of this week’s Essential Read:
That’s the first lesson we learned about hypergrowth: It’s over almost before you know it.
The second lesson is that it’s an experience that either kills your company or makes it much stronger. 
If this topic resonates with your organization, or if you know someone that would enjoy learning more about hyper-growth, we’d ♥️ it if you’d share this newsletter to your network.
If you have a great contribution to this month’s topic, we’d love to hear more about any advice, insights, or reflections you and your network has accrued related to hyper-growth.
As always, we’re just a reply button click away. 📥

Essential Reading on Hyper-Growth
Essential Reading on Hyper-Growth
Hyper-Growth Preparation
This month’s read is a bit of a throwback, the 2008 Harvard Business Review article that coined the term “hypergrowth” on the internet.
Its reference to hyper-growth is an undoubtedly dated one, however the principles are the same - it needs to be done right - the process has only gotten faster and more digital thanks to almost 12 years technical and business developments.
Here’s a preview of the five rules focussed on in the founding document of hyper-growth:
  • Rule #1 Sell First and Ask Questions Later
  • Rule #2 Don’t Try Too Hard to Innovate
  • Rule #3 Organize Like McDonald’s
  • Rule #4 Push Decisions Out to the Front Line
  • Rule #5 Foster a Can-Do Culture
Read below to discover the basics and how to apply them to prepare for hyper-growth periods.
The Essential Read
Managing Hypergrowth | Harvard Business Review
The Additional Reads
Report: Mastering Hypergrowth | World Economic Forum
The 3 Stages of Hypergrowth | Drift on SlideShare
7 Tips To Improve Your Hyper-Growth Hiring Strategy | Harver
Who to Follow
Sarah Nahm, CEO of Lever - a recruitment software built around candidate experience - has great insight and tips for hiring during hyper-growth. Based on her first-hand experience from design, product, engineering, marketing and speechwriting. Before founding Lever, she worked as a Product Marketing Manager on Google Chrome. This time last year, she talked about hiring for hyper-growth on the HR & recruitment podcast, Drift’s Seeking Wisdom - you can find that episode here and you can find Sarah on LinkedIn and Twitter.
What's Happening
HYPERGROWTH London 2020: Modern Leadership Event By Drift
Have A Listen
Masters of Scale, an original podcast hosted by Reid Hoffman
Next Up
We’ll be in your inbox again next Friday morning at 9:10 discussing Resource Allocation.
We’ll take a look at some techniques for hitting hiring targets without sacrificing product deadlines.
Stay Connected
We’d love to hear your feedback about this topic and others: hit reply or send an email to, I reply to every message.
Also, a quick little plug: Try Catch is hosting a bowling meetup for Amsterdam’s developer community at the end of the month - click here or the banner below to read as many bowling puns as we could squeeze into the event description and to get tickets.
See you again next Friday!
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