TL;DR: As a tech leader working in a fast-paced environment, how do you successfully scale a company from the ground up to millions of users?
Hire, hire, hire!: Your team is your best asset. Talent seeking can take up to 50% of your time (yes, you read well) in very early stages of a company.
Trust & delegate: Thou shall not micromanage. Do not hesitate to give ownership and responsibilities to your team. If they fail, they’ll learn from their errors.
Stay hungry: Make sure you allocate time and budget for technical training.
Tech Stack and Infrastructure
Think upfront: A tech leader fully understands the business strategy and converts it into high-level tech specifications and requirements that can be executed by the team. Design your systems with scalability in mind.
Monitor your Services: By using products such as NewRelic, Dynatrace or Datadog, you can gather quantitative data about the performance of your systems. You can then optimize your services and predict potential bottlenecks.
The simpler, the better: Shipping the simplest solution possible, and later build on top of it. While we should always try out the latest technologies, let’s not adopt them on a production level just because they are fancy. Make sure that you have a real-world business case that can actually benefit from them.
Technical Debt: It’s OK to accumulate technical debt up to a certain degree as long as you and your team are fully aware of it and have a concrete plan for improvement in the short- and mid-term.
Ask for more $$$: Your non-tech peers won’t read your mind. When you need something, ask for it.
Ask for discounts: it’s a win-win situation for both parties: if your company grows so will the services you use.
Be empathetic: This is the best way to foster clarity in communication at any level, as well as to persuade others to follow your guidance and recommendations.
Be a part of the local tech community: You meet new people, share ideas and catch up with new and old colleagues. During such events, you might also discover new talent to hire.