Knowledge Management Critical For Start-ups

Posted: Mar 6 2003, 8:34pm EST | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 1:43pm CDT , in Other Stuff


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Knowledge Management Critical for Start-ups

Found that interesting Blog on Knowledge Management by an Entopia Employee:

"Start-ups are one of the most information intense and fastest changing organizations in Business. Yet most start-ups rely only on the basic tools like email and maybe a file-share to manage information. It’s crazy when I think about it…. 5 years back I co-founded my own start-up and we made the same mistake. It was a nightmare to share information and to keep track of the ever-changing direction of the business.
Sure it was ok when there where only four of us. But after raising money, we began hiring steadily in two locations and within a couple of month had a staff of 70.
It might sound strange, but I think a knowledge management initiative is as important in a small and growing organization as it is in a mature global company. It’s tempting to say that it is “just a couple of people” who can communicate directly everyday.
However, what people forget is that this communication exchange is lost forever by not being captured.
If the start-up is successful, in the long run, it will struggle to grow. On the flip side, if a start-up has to lay-off people, which is not uncommon these days, the employee’s “knowledge” walks out the door because that knowledge was not stored in context in a knowledge base."

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