Why I Run a Flat Company by Jason Fried

An interesting study of the pros and cons of a flat company.

Why I Run a Flat Company | Jason Fried of Inc.com

Google famously runs a mostly flat organization, and this model seems to work well for software development organizations.

Obviously, it’s not for everyone, but I definitely like the idea of promoting horizontally vs. vertically. Your best developers should be writing code, not learning management.





  1. Agreed. The trick is to get passionate people and let them apply those passions to moving the company forward. Everybody wins.

  2. Yeah, it runs into scaling issues, as Jason mentions, but I think you can make it work even in very large development orgs.

  3. Definitely, although it’s sometimes a challenge to find good, passionate development managers; it’s an interesting skill set 🙂

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