Category: First Round Review

Reach Out, Stay in Touch and Deepen Your Connections with This Essential Networking Advice

Networking isn’t a race to rack up contacts — it’s a practice of cultivating authentic connections over time. We’ve rounded up six tactics from the most […]

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From Instant Pot to Instagram: Critical Lessons in Startup Community Building

Bailey Richardson (an early Instagram hire and current partner at People & Company) has studied ordinary people who started extraordinary communities. Here, she shares the […]

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Staying Connected is Key to Your Startup’s Survival — Here’s How to Nail Internal Comms

Even the smallest startups have a lot to gain from getting internal comms right. We’ve rounded up the Review’s six most effective tactics for crafting […]

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NerdWallet’s CEO on Navigating the Shift from First-Time Founder to Seasoned Exec

NerdWallet co-founder and CEO Tim Chen reflects on the arc of his journey as founder after more than a decade of company building. He shares […]

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The 6 Decision-Making Frameworks That Help Startup Leaders Tackle Tough Calls

Startup leaders make tough calls every day. We spoke with 6 top operators to gather the tactics and strategies they use to make smart decisions […]

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From Zero to IPO: How Growth Needs to Evolve at Every Startup Stage

There’s no one-size-fits-all growth advice. Brian Rothenberg, former VP of Growth at Eventbrite, breaks down the three broad phases of the startup lifecycle. For each […]

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Our 6 Must Reads for Cutting Through Conflict and Tough Conversations

Big ideas, strong-willed characters, impossible deadlines and close quarters — if you wrote out a recipe for conflict, it might bear an uncanny resemblance to […]

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I Asked 100 Founders, CEOs and VCs About Career Transitions — Here’s What I Learned

After founding and scaling LendUp for seven years, Sasha Orloff decided to step down as CEO. He shares his journey and his illuminating takeaways about […]

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The Power of Performance Reviews: Use This System to Become a Better Manager

Performance reviews are key to accelerating your report’s career. A former Airbnb Product Lead shares the conversation template that he’s used to build high-performing teams […]

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Mastering the Art of the Outcome: How Guru Turned Customer Success Into a Company Cornerstone

At Guru, customer success is at the center of every aspect of company-building, from product design to sales strategy. Co-founder and CEO Rick Nucci shows […]

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The Inside Story of How This Startup Turned a 216-Word Pitch Email into a $2.6 Billion Acquisition

Looker went from a single customer to more than 1700, from a small, scrappy team in Santa Cruz to a 700-person company spanning eight offices […]

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These Seven Emotions Aren’t Deadly — They’re Your Secret Career Superpowers

It’s time to do away with the myth that emotions don’t belong in the workplace. With hilarious, relatable illustrations, Liz Fosslien shares how you can […]

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Why This Engineering Leader Thinks You Shouldn’t Aim for Zero Regrettable Attrition

As Greenhouse’s CTO, Mike Boufford built an engineering team that grew from one to 60 in its first five years — with zero regrettable attrition. […]

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Our 6 Must Reads for Onboarding Tactics That Help New Hires Succeed (and Stay)

Onboarding is so much more than the standard-issue IT set-up: It’s the foundation for how new hires settle into their roles and their future at […]

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Why Qualitative Market Research Belongs in Your Startup Toolkit — and How to Wield it Effectively

Qualitative market research is the catalyst for creativity that not enough startups are taking advantage of. Jesse Caesar demystifies qual, outlines the questions that qual’s […]

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How to Size and Assess Teams From an Eng Lead at Stripe, Uber and Digg

Will Larson has developed a framework for the optimal size and state of engineering teams—not only so managers can lead them in a highly efficient […]

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Our Top 6 Pieces of Career Wisdom for New Grads (and Everyone Else Too)

Graduation is an opportunity to reflect on your progress and recommit to your professional goals. In the spirit of graduation season, we gathered our best […]

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So You Think You’re Ready to Hire a Marketer? Read This First.

As First Round’s Marketing Expert in Residence, Arielle Jackson often helps early-stage founders navigate the search for a full-time marketer of their own. From the […]

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Empathy-Driven Development: How Engineers Can Tap into This Critical Skill

Andrea Goulet is determined to change the way that the tech industry talks about empathy. After teaching us how to conquer technical debt, the CEO […]

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Make Friends With the Monster Chewing on Your Leg, and Other Tips for Surviving Startups

After telling us to ‘Give Away your Legos,’ Molly Graham is back to dig deeper into tactics for handling the emotional rollercoaster of scaling startups. […]

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