High Growth Handbook

By Elad Gil

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Every high-growth company eventually needs to tackle thet same set of challenges around organizational structure, late-stage funding and secondary stock sales, culture, internationalization, hiring executive for roles the founders don’t understand, buying other companies, and more. This is the handbook for navigating those challenges.

Elad Gil is a serial entrepreneur, operating exectuitive, and investor or advisor to private companies including AirBnB, Pinterest, Square, Stripe. He was previously the VP of Corporate Strategy at Twitter and is currently working on a new company, Color.

Praise for High Growth Handbook

“Elad Gil is one of Silicon Valley’s seriously knowledgeable and battle-tested players. If you want the chance to turn your start-up into the next Google or Twitter, then read this trenchant guide from someone who played key roles in the growth of these companies.”

- Reid Hoffman
Co-founder of LinkedIn

“This book is packed with key frameworks for building your company, as well as inside knowledge gleaned from helping some of the most important new companies in tech. I have benefited from Elad’s advice at Instacart and this book codifies many of those learnings in book form.”

- Apoorva Mehta
Co-founder and CEO of Instacart

“Elad eschews trite management aphorisms in favor of pragmatic and straight-shooting insights on complex topics like managing a board of directors, executing functional re-organizations with as little trauma as possible, and everything in-between.”

- Dick Costolo
Former CEO of Twitter and serial entrepreneur

“Armed with observations gathered scaling some of the most successful and important companies of Silicon Valley, Elad has no-nonsense, highly applicable advice to any operator transitioning a company from the proverbial garage to the next stage and beyond”

- Max Levchin
Co-founder and CEO of Affirm, co-founder and CTO of PayPal

“Elad jam packs every useful lesson about building and scaling companies in a single, digestible book. My only gripe is that he didn’t write this when we were in the early days of Box as it would have saved my ass countless times.”

- Aaron Levie
Co-founder and CEO of Box

“Elad first invested in Airbnb when we were less than 10 people and provided early advice on scaling the company. This book shares these learnings for the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

- Nathan Blecharczyk
Co-founder of Airbnb, Chief Strategy Officer, and Chairman of Airbnb China

“Elad is one of the best connected and respected early stage investors in the Valley - he invested in Minted when we had fewer than 50 employees and his advice was critical to us in growing our business to where we are now, in the low hundreds of millions in sales. As an investor in and advisor to Airbnb, Square, Stripe, Pinterest, Minted, and other breakout companies and as an early executive at Twitter, Elad has had incredible access to early stage entrepreneurs and observed first-hand the strategies for creating hyper growth. In his book, he crystallizes all of these learnings for the next generation of companies.”

- Mariam Naficy
Co-founder and CEO, Minted

“Elad is one of the most experienced operators in Silicon Valley having seen numerous companies hit their inflection point. His advice has been key for Coinbase as we go through hypergrowth, from hiring executives to improving M&A.”

- Brian Armstrong
Co-founder and CEO of Coinbase