When and when not, to do it yourself.

-By Alex Yeung

As a side hobby, I regularly cook. Apparently, it’s quite popular. It’s certainly lighter, less salty, less sugary, and saves a small fortune in eating out.

“You should sell this,” regularly pops up in conversation. This led me to think, “let’s see if I can scale up.”

So, I set up a house party. Shopped around for the best chicken, best coffee beans, and a bottle of Tokaji to go with iles flottantes.

After saying goodbye to well-fed guests and looking over at the pile of cutlery and crockery left behind, I contemplated this experiment and decided that no, I was not going to give up the day job.

It should have been pretty obvious really. As you scale up you have to consider the impact of quantities on pipelines, bottlenecks, and workflow.

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All the while, more people are needed to create, curate, and manage, raising the need to bring in new skill sets and extra resources.

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