Why vision is important in startups
In an organization that is very large and has existing businesses that have been running for a long time, you could have some not-so-great things happen in the top of the company, and it doesn't have as much impact. Maybe the employees aren't so happy, maybe they don't think so highly about their jobs, maybe they don't work as efficiently, but the company can keep plowing along. But, in the early days, you've got nothing. All you've got are problems—problems that need to be solved, obstacles that need to be overcome. You need to have an incredibly strong bond and an incredibly synchronized view of the world among the key players if you are going to succeed. A synchronized view of the world doesn't mean you don't argue about things, that you don't have disagreements. You must agree on the philosophy, though, and on the vision. There are many ways to get there, but if you can’t agree on the vision, then obviously, you’re never going to agree on how to execute.