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Newsletter Archive

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.

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.