Recently I had the chance to watch the On Doers interview of Allen Nance and hear him talk about the quest to build billion dollar businesses. Silicon Valley has averaged one new billion dollar tech company per quarter for many years now while most cities, Atlanta included, are lucky to have one billion dollar tech company every five years (Air Watch was the last Atlanta one and sold for well over a billion in 2014). Allen’s new venture, Tech Square Labs, aims to create two billion dollar tech companies in the next 10 years.
Earlier today @danprimack tweeted a billion or bust comment from a corporate development person:
To me, most entrepreneurs don’t set out to build a billion dollar business. Most want to solve a problem, build a great lifestyle, create jobs, and control their own destiny. I’m a fan of thinking big and shooting for a billion dollar company, but realize it’s not commonplace. Entrepreneurs would do well to outline their goals as early as possible in the entrepreneurial process and make them known to anyone that will listen.
What else? What are some more thoughts on having a stated goal of building a billion dollar company?