What makes a startup a startup?

A startup is a company designed to grow fast.

Being newly founded does not in itself make a company a startup. Nor is it necessary for a startup to work on technology, or take venture funding, or have some sort of "exit."

The only essential thing is growth. Everything else we associate with startups follows from growth.


This is one of the many passages and charts I find in books and articles on a daily basis. They span many disciplines, including:

I occasionally add a personal note to them.

The whole collection is available here.