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December 22nd, 2020

Fresh Off IPO, Upstart's Dave Girouard Shares Why the Startup Isn’t a Typical Success Story

From company-saving pivots to IPO: Dave Girouard shares his top lessons from building Upstart these past 8 years.

December 15th, 2020

30 Tips for Managing Up

We asked startup leaders for their favorite managing up tips — here's what they shared

December 8th, 2020

David Cancel - How This 5X Founder Creates an Internal Culture With a “Crazy Focus” on Storytell

From onboarding training to how screenplay writing inspired their podcast, CEO David Cancel shares how they drive narrative internally at Drift.

November 24th, 2020

Demystifying DesignOps with Alison Rand

InVision's Alison Rand clears up the fog around DesignOps, and why it's key to scaling design.

November 19th, 2020

The First-Time Founder's Guide to Learning Everything the Hard Way

Drop's Steve El-Hage gets candid about everything from flatlining revenue and unpopular product pivots, to burnout and hiring mistakes.

November 17th, 2020

Build Products That Solve Real Problems With This Lightweight JTBD Framework

Facebook's Sunita Mohanty shares a lightweight jobs-to-be-done framework for early-stage product teams, along with templates and go-to-market tactics.

November 12th, 2020

Finding Startup Ideas and Building in Heavily-Regulated Spaces

Ayo Omojola specializes in building and launching products in regulated industries like healthcare and finance. Here's what he's learned.

November 3rd, 2020

6 Counterintuitive Rules for Being a Better Manager — Advice from Lambda School, Quip & Facebook

Molly Graham draws on her experiences scaling Facebook, Quip, CZI and Lambda School to offer up counterintuitive rules for becoming a better manager.

October 29th, 2020

First Round Review Presents: In Depth

In Depth is a new show that surfaces tactical advice founders and startup leaders need to grow their teams, their companies and themselves.

October 27th, 2020

Your Marketing Org is Slow. Here’s a Framework to Move Faster.

Jaleh Rezaei on the dangers of focusing too much on tactics and not enough on moving fast. Her six-step framework for speeding up marketing teams.

October 20th, 2020

40 Interview Questions for Candidates to Ask

Following up on last year's hit piece, we're sharing 40 interview questions for candidates to ask, suggested by the sharpest leaders we know.

October 6th, 2020

Drive Growth by Picking the Right Lane — A Customer Acquisition Playbook for Consumer Startups

Startup advisors Lenny Rachitsky & Dan Hockenmaier share a 3-step framework and case studies on how consumer founders can scale customer acquisition.

September 10th, 2020

Use This Startup's Playbook for Running Impactful Virtual Offsites

A guide to making sure virtual team offsites are more than just marathon-all day Zoom sessions, with advice from Sitka's Kelsey Mellard and Mike Wang.

September 1st, 2020

6 Small Steps for Handling the Emotional Ups and Downs at Work

Top tips from psychologists and startup vets on managing the emotional roller coaster of working at a startup.

August 20th, 2020

This VP is Doing Things Differently in the Product Org — Here's His Playbook

Tyler Hogge shares his tips for truly empowering PMs to deliver outcomes, including aligning with revenue teams and adding variable comp.

August 11th, 2020

The Ultimate Guide to the Founding Designer Role

We tapped over a dozen experts for an inside look at what it's really like to be a founding designer and build a design culture from the ground up. 

August 4th, 2020

A Founder's Guide to Writing Well

Upstart CEO Dave Girouard pens a thoughtful case for the importance of strong writing in the startup world — and shares his tips for leveling up.

July 28th, 2020

How to Take Personal Development Off the Backburner

Building better companies starts with working on yourself. But making time for personal development is often last on the list. Here's how to fit it in

June 18th, 2020

The Manager's Guide to Inclusive Leadership

Leadership trainers from LifeLabs Learning share the daily habits, questions and behaviors that can make you a more inclusive leader