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Don’t Serve Burnt Pizza (And Other Lessons in Building Minimum Lovable Products)

Product builders should aim for lovable, not just viable. Jiaona Zhang (product leader at Dropbox, Airbnb, WeWork and lecturer at Stanford) shares her tactics for building MLPs that win users' hearts.Continue reading at First Round Review »

Step Up Your Sales Coaching Game — Dig Into The Numbers to Help Your Reps Level Up

Sales managers have an unprecedented opportunity to lean into the numbers and level up as coaches — but in Karen Rhorer's experience, most are leaving this potential untapped. The startup sales veteran shows how founders and managers can incorporate data into 1:1s, performance conversations and goal-setting to make sales teams stronger.Continue reading...

Announcing First Round Essentials — After Publishing 180+ Articles on Management, We're Releasing Our First Book

Today we're releasing our first-ever book, rounding up the best management advice we've shared over the years.Continue reading at First Round Review »

The Founder Dating Playbook – Here’s the Process I Used to Find My Co-Founder

Gloria Lin opens up about her pre-founder journey, from founder dating and early conversations to how she prototyped with potential partners to narrow in on a specific idea. Her playbook is one of the most detailed and intentional processes we’ve ever seen — and the set of 50 questions she used to probe compatibility is an essential tool for any entrepreneur...

The Secret to a Great Planning Process — Lessons from Airbnb and Eventbrite

Poor planning can spell disaster for companies and sow distrust among teams. Drawing from their careers at Eventbrite and Airbnb, Lenny Rachitsky and Nels Gilbreth break down their "W Framework" to help startup leaders develop plans, earn alignment and execute effective planning cycles every time.Continue reading at First Round Review »

Ready, Set, Hypergrowth: How Duo's Product Design Lead Primed Her Team for Momentum

Sally Carson joined Duo as its first product design leader, just as the security startup was ratcheting into hypergrowth. Carson shares her roadmap for scaling the product design function, from advocating for design in an engineering-centric org, to setting up her team for success during rapid growth.Continue reading at First Round Review »

40 Favorite Interview Questions from Some of the Sharpest Folks We Know

Given the high-stakes nature of every hire, interviewing chops are always in need of sharpening. We’ve spent the past few months reaching out to some of the most thoughtful company builders in our network to pose a simple question: What’s your favorite interview question to ask and why? Here are their answers.Continue reading at 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 well-connected people in the business on cutting past the small talk, nailing the follow-up and investing in relationships that thrive. Continue reading at First Round Review »

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 nuts and bolts of how startups should approach community building, highlighting eight valuable lessons on how the best communities start, gain steam, and evolve as scale takes...

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 crystal-clear messaging and facilitating feedback from your most important audience.Continue reading at First Round Review »

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