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

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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.

firstround.com
10/22 831

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

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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....

firstround.com
10/14 319

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

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Today we're releasing our first-ever book, rounding up the best management advice we've shared over the years.

firstround.com
10/08 86

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

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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.

firstround.com
08/15 545

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

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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....

firstround.com
09/05 2724

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

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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....

firstround.com
09/17 409

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

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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....

firstround.com
09/25 1612

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

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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 isone of the most detailed and intentional processes we’ve ever seen — and the set of 50 questions she used....

firstround.com
10/01 807

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

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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....

firstround.com
08/20 495

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

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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.

firstround.com
08/22 553

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How to Read: Lots of Inputs and a Strong Filter

My reading strategy is to start as many books as I can but finish few of them.

Years ago I heard Charlie Munger say “Most books I don’t read past the first chapter. I’m not burdened by bad books,” and it stuck with me. Reading is a chore if you insist on finishing every book you begin, because....

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12/02 193

I almost sold Baremetrics for $5m

tl;dr In the past 6 months I turned down multiple $3-5m offers and failed to close a $5m sale.

In the past six years of Baremetrics’ existence, I’ve received dozens upon dozens of emails from folks interested in acquiring Baremetrics. When you’rerunning a transparent companythat’s growing, it....

baremetrics.com
12/03 98

The best wireless headphones to buy right now

Bose, Sennheiser, Sony, Beats, and more

theverge.com
11/16 2105

The Strange Life and Mysterious Death of a Virtuoso Coder

Jerold Haas was on the brink of blockchain riches. Then his body was found in the woods of southern Ohio.

wired.com
11/14 5531

The Complete Guide to Mastery

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Katsushika Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” is one of the most recognizable works of Japanese art in the world. Completed in 1831, it’s Hokusai’s most famous work.

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What you might not know is that it took him nearly 30 years to paint it.....

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12/03 180

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5 Mental Mistakes That Kill Your Productivity

If your to-do list isn’t getting any shorter, here’s why.

hbr.org
11/04 4120

Why the Tesla Cybertruck Looks So Weird

The pickup truck Elon Musk unveiled Thursday night features sharp angles, but no side mirrors or “crumple zone” to absorb the force of a collision.

wired.com
11/23 680

How our home delivery habit reshaped the world

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The great trick of online retail has been to get us to shop more and think less about how our purchases reach our homes. By Samanth Subramanian

A decade ago, the British department-store chain John Lewis built itself a long warehouse, painted in gradations of sky blue. The shed, as it is called....

theguardian.com
11/21 5659

I Ditched Google for DuckDuckGo. Here's Why You Should Too

Once you realize most things you search for online are boring and obvious, you realize you don't really need Google in your life.

wired.com
12/01 1777

Portability and Interoperability

In Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s March 2019 op-ed in the Washington Post calling for federal regulation of technology, he included something that caught some observers by surprise:

Regulation should guarantee the principle of data portability. If you share data with one service, you should be....
stratechery.com
12/03 424