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1/ Twetestorm time: As Figma hits that crazy growth point, I’ve been reflecting on the role grief…

1/ Twetestorm time: As Figma hits that crazy growth point, I’ve been reflecting on the role grief plays in startups. The company is shedding its skin on a daily basis, a constant cycle of death and rebirth. If you stick along for the ride, you’re always saying goodbye…
2/ Saying goodbye to co-workers, as generalists leave to be replaced by specialists. To your team, as it morphs shape and evolves. To your role in the organization, as you give away your legos
3/ (Sidenote: I feel like I’ve watched Figma grow from being this 4-year-old that needed me to tie its shoes and feed it…into a college student studying calculus, which I know nothing about. And I’m like….wait!! Don’t grow up so fast! Stay awhile!❤️)
4/ You say goodbye to the identity of the company when it was 20 of you around a table eating cheese, and then 50 of you crammed into a too-small office and then 75 of you running around a city on a scavenger hunt and then 100 of you expanding to multiple floors…
5/ You let go of the way things were to make space for new things to bloom. The grief is ever-present, but at the root of it is something beautiful. There’s so much possibility and hope in the beginnings of things, and melancholy in the endings.
6/ You take nothing for granted, and nothing stays the same.
7/ Sigh.
8/ (H/T to @roybahat for listening to my all my startup-life musings…and convincing me to tweetstorm them 🙏.)

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