The above is a great discussion. Michael Alter and Jai Shekhawat scaled companies and sold them. Amanda Lannert is CEO of Jellyvision, and is scaling. Jellyvision is consistently touted as one of the best companies to work at in Chicago. They all know the chapters and verses of the journey from two people with an idea to scaling and selling the company to a major acquirer. They have accumulated bumps and bruises along the way, but survived.
You can do it too!
Chicago Booth Review has some great research on their site. Hal Weitzman has done a very good job with it since starting at Chicago Booth awhile ago. It really causes you to think about things differently. I read it all the time.