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How to hire for and empower the most mysterious role in the C-suite (featuring Etsy's Linda Kozlowski, new on First Round Review) http://firstround.com/review/make-operations-your-secret-weapon-heres-how/
Etsy COO Linda Kozlowski knows an operations leader is critical to the success of a company. Here, she sheds light on the most mysterious role in the C-suite — and how startups can hire and empower the right COO for their company.
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My launch lessons from 37 minutes in an Amazon war room (featuring Ibrahim Bashir, new on First Round Review) http://firstround.com/review/my-launch-lessons-from-37-minutes-in-an-amazon-war-room/
Before joining Twitter, Ibrahim Bashir led the launch of the third-generation Kindle at Amazon. Here, he reflects on his lessons from that release — and shares how to prepare to make hard decisions quickly when the unexpected happens.
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Check out partner Brett Berson's read on founders' top concern, as noted in our State of Startups study. https://thinkgrowth.org/the-top-concern-of-startup-founders-hiring-c2cc031c321c#.jlt6epu3y
For the second year in a row, First Round’s State of Startups report found that “hiring good people” is the #1 concern of startup founders…
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♫ ♬

It's the holiday season and a time for good cheer,
so let's wrap up 2016 and bring in the new year.

To all you startups out there, announced or in stealth,
we wish you great terms, great growth and great wealth.

We look forward to meeting — don't stay anonymous,
come pitch your tech, from agricultural to autonomous.

But as you holiday shop for your drones or 3D printer,
take a moment to let our holiday video warm up your winter.

Watch as 99 of our companies get down and get silly,
from San Francisco to New York, from LA to Philly.

We mannequin challenge (and aren’t very low-key),
As we drive around town, and carpool karaoke.

And since Howard’s retiring, he earned his chance to sing,
He didn’t waste his shot; he’s always the holiday video “King.”

So settle in for the video and turn up the sound—
Happy holidays to you, from the team at First Round.

http://holiday.firstround.com/

Warm wishes,
First Round


♫ ♬ It's time for our holiday video, so turn up the sound—Happy Holidays to you, from the team at First Round. ♫ ♬
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The CMO of ClassPass on how and when to invest in product marketing (featuring Joanna Lord, new on First Round Review) http://firstround.com/review/classpass-cmo-on-how-and-when-to-invest-in-product-marketing/
ClassPass CMO Joanna Lord covers the essentials on product marketing for teams struggling to define, implement and launch the function at their startup.
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First Round just surveyed over 700 founders of venture-backed companies across the entire tech ecosystem to capture what it's like to run a startup in 2016. Presenting the 2016 STATE OF STARTUPS: http://stateofstartups.firstround.com/2016
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The [Adjective] [Number] of Things You Need to Know About Clickbait (featuring former Under Armour VP Tara-Nicholle Nelson, new on First Round Review):
http://firstround.com/review/the-adjective-number-things-you-need-to-know-about-clickbait
Former MyFitnessPal and Under Armour marketing VP Tara-Nicholle Nelson lays down the content marketing law: stop publishing clickbait. Here, she outlines how to create true engagement.
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Check out the most insightful tactics we shared in 2016 from the brightest minds in tech (new on First Round Review) http://firstround.com/review/the-30-best-pieces-of-advice-for-entrepreneurs-in-2016/
In our annual roundup, we've distilled the top 30 insights from all of our articles published over the last year. Read on to take in tactics and advice from some of the sharpest minds we know.
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Team health monitors and why you need a check-up, featuring Atlassian president Jay Simons, new on First Round Review: http://firstround.com/review/team-health-monitors-and-why-your-startup-needs-a-check-up
Atlassian president Jay Simons makes the case for team health monitors and explains how to evaluate for the eight traits of high-performing teams.
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The game-changing power of business simulations (featuring New Relic CIO Yvonne Wassenaar, new on First Round Review):
http://firstround.com/review/less-work-more-play-change-the-game-with-simulations/
New Relic CIO Yvonne Wassenaar details the game-changing benefits of business simulations and how to use them to transform your company.
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A people ops veteran on how to navigate the gnarliest conversations (featuring Meg Makalou, new on First Round Review) http://firstround.com/review/a-people-ops-veteran-on-navigating-the-gnarliest-conversations/
Climate Corporation's Chief People Officer Meg Makalou has been the human resources leader for startups big and small. Here, she tells of the three most daunting conversations people ops executives face — and recommends routes to resolution.
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