It used to be that companies got big slowly and methodically. Create a product, achieve success locally or regionally, then grow a step at a time by building sales, distribution, and service channels, and ramping up manufacturing capability to match your progress. Everything took its time. The acorn, after long, slow decades, grew into the oak. We called this “growth,” and there may still be industries where it is good enough.
Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg, How Google Works.