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Newsletter Archive

May 13th, 2021

Rick Song on why it won't work, and other 0 to 1 company building lessons

Rick Song shares the hiring and go-to-market lessons he's learned from Square and taking his startup Persona from 0 to 1.

April 29th, 2021

Farhan Thawar on Hiring a VP of Engineering

Shopify's Farhan Thawar shares his go-to-framework for approaching the VP of Engineering search.

April 27th, 2021

Jeff Lawson on unconventional lessons from building Twilio

13 years after Twilio's launch, Jeff Lawson opens up about the ups and downs of building to share unconventional lessons on getting better with scale.

April 22nd, 2021

Kate Taylor on building out self-serve and customer experience at Notion & Dropbox

Notion's Head of Customer Experience shares tactical lessons on closing the gap between product and sales and driving self-serve strategies.

April 20th, 2021

Mark Frein on building a more caring culture — advice from Lambda School & InVision

Lambda School's Chief People Officer on what a great employee experience looks like and advice for training managers and developing talent. 

April 13th, 2021

30 Tips for New Startup Employees

Actionable tactics from the experts to hit the ground running at a new startup. 

April 6th, 2021

Following “Radical Candor,” Kim Scott is Back with Another Incredible Framework

Simple frameworks and tactical ideas for creating more just, inclusive workplaces.

March 30th, 2021

The Engineering Leader’s Guide to Crafting a Personal Brand that Stands Out From the Crowd

Anjuan Simmons has taken the stage at conferences all over the world — get his tips for standing out. 

March 23rd, 2021

This GTM-Leader-Turned-Investor Crowdsources Early Lessons From Stripe, Figma & More — Meka Asonye

First Round's new partner Meka Asonye crowdsources GTM lessons from his network of early leaders at Stripe, Plaid, Figma and other top startups.

February 25th, 2021

Focus on Your First 10 Systems, Not Just Your First 10 Hires — Kevin Fishner

HashiCorp's Kevin Fishner on why the systems side of startups doesn’t get much attention & how to approach annual planning and decision-making systems

February 23rd, 2021

Making Self-Care Tactical — Why You Should Focus on Boundaries, Not Just Bubble Baths

Jessmina Archbold (publicly known as Minaa B.) shares her detailed guide to deeper self-care work and makes the case for focusing on boundaries.

February 18th, 2021

From Exec Roles to Board Seats — Lessons for the Startup C-Suite from Zendesk, Guru, eBay, & More

Anne Raimondi looks back on her biggest lessons from a career as a top tech executive and board member.

February 11th, 2021

How to Build an Invention Machine — 6 Lessons That Powered Amazon’s Success

In their new book, Working Backwards, Colin Bryar and Bill Carr share the secrets behind Amazon's success—and we've got a preview.

January 26th, 2021

Building a Culture of Ownership — Engineering Leadership Lessons from Plaid & Dropbox

Head of Engineering Jean-Denis Grèze on building an eng culture of ownership.

January 19th, 2021

Jay Simons on Atlassian's unconventional moves

From product-led growth to the self-service flywheel, former president Jay Simons unpacks it all.

January 12th, 2021

Top 30 2020

The 8th edition of our annual roundup is here. Get all the standout advice offered up by the dozens of tech leaders we interviewed this past year.

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.