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Instagram Co-founder and CTO Mike Krieger built one of the industry's leading technical teams from scratch. Here's how he navigated rapid scale.

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Zola CEO and co-founder Shan-Lyn Ma's commitment to customer satisfaction goes back beyond her time at Gilt and Chloe + Isabel. But at Zola, her team and she have really zeroed in on NPS detractors — and discovered how much they can drive growth. Here's how.

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Cynthia Maxwell has led engineering teams at Slack, Apple, Yahoo! and Pinterest. Here's the management framework that's become one of the most powerful resources in her toolkit.

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Derek Parham specializes turning engineers into great communicators. Here's the framework he used to do it at both Google and on the Hillary Clinton campaign.

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If your morning or nightly routine sounds about as far removed from your work life as you can get, think again. Biohacks, from blue-light blocking glasses to morning sessions in a sauna, add up — and can help you navigate not just your job, but a long, productive career. Box's VP Engineering Tomas Barreto shares how.

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Our second annual CTO Unconference brought together 160+ of the sharpest technical leaders we know. Here's a rundown of some of the best tactics we heard them share.

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For most software engineers, career development is a choice between managing more code or more developers. Here, Sailthru President and CEO Neil Lustig makes the case for jumping out of those two lanes — and how software engineering can equip you for the executive track.

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Engineering phenom Caitlin Kalinowski has worked on everything from the Oculus Touch to the MacBook Air. Here, she shares her playbook and philoisophy for product design and prototyping.

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LaunchDarkly CEO and Co-founder Edith Harbaugh biked solo across the U.S. in the summer of 2007. A decade later, her lessons from the road — from ways to grind through long stretches to how to approach forks in the road — still inform how she leads teams and builds software.

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Startups can fall into dangerous defaults when it comes to database architecture. Expensify founder and CEO David Barrett shares how his company sidestepped these missteps and made its database architecture one of its competitive advantages.

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Avi Freedman has worked in networking for 30+ years and seen over 100 startups scale their infrastructure. Here are the most vital pieces of advice he has to share.

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From the earliest web browsers to cookies, JetInsight Co-founder and CTO Lou Montulli developed some of his most pivotal and enduring work in creator-driven cultures. Here, he covers how to create that environment — and why engineers must lead the way.

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Andrea Goulet runs a software SWAT Team — parachuting in to help companies fix bad code that's holding them back. Here's what she's learned on the job.

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Instagram Head of Engineering James Everingham walks us through a different approach to management, drawing on science and machine-building.

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Bethanye Blount shares her hard-earned tips on how to detect and debug troublemakers.

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Veteran data leaders Jeremy Stanley (Instacart, Sailthru) and Daniel Tunkelang (LinkedIn) walk through the wheres, whats, whys and hows of building the perfect data science team.

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One Medical CTO Kimber Lockhart subscribes to a philosophy -- inspired by woodworking -- that helps startups judiciously control technical debt. Here's how it works.

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Three years ago, Amplitude Co-founder and CEO Spenser Skates rewired equity compensation at his mobile analytics startup. Here's why and how he did it.

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Looker founder and CTO Lloyd Tabb shares how to best recognize and channel the abilities of your most extraordinary engineers.

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An open letter from a former Facebook and VMware engineering executive on how startups can best structure their release processes.

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Twitter's former Director of Engineering shares the plan he uses to transform engineers into successful and happy managers.

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LinkedIn’s SVP of Engineering shares the team structure and mindset that clinched its $2.5B IPO.

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Looker Co-founder Ben Porterfield talks about why most startups miss the mark on their analytics and provides a formula for nailing it the first time around.

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Tiho Bajic, CTO of Nitro, on how engineering culture has become destructive and how to fix it to foster loyalty and longevity.

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Box's SVP Engineering Sam Schillace on the rubric that has helped the company build and maintain a culture of high performance.

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Twilio Co-founder Evan Cooke shares the best ways to stay effective and make impact at every stage of being a startup CTO.

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Serial entrepreneur Tim Howes has grown several huge engineering teams from scratch. Here are the five area he focuses on to keep everything on track.

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RelateIQ's Product Leaders Ruslan Belkin and DJ Patil on the critical traits every sophisticated data product needs to succeed.

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Jeremy Stanley, Chief Data Scientist at Sailthru, shares the proven method that helped him build an exceptional team.

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Jessica McKellar, former founder and now engineering manager at Dropbox, shares the tenets that have made her an effective technical leader.

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Neil Roseman, former VP for Amazon and Zynga, has interviewed hundreds of technical candidates. Here's what he learned.

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Artillery Co-founder and CTO Ian Langworth talks about the tactics required to make the jump to technical leadership.

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Evernote's CTO David Engberg goes in-depth on all the security threats you'll face as your startup grows and how to combat them.

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Farhan Thawar of Pivotal Labs busts common myths about mobile development and offers best practices that can save startups time and money.

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Pandora CTO Tom Conrad explains how Pandora picks the most important features to build with its limited engineering power.

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Chris Fry, former SVP Engineering at Twitter, talks about how forging strong teams is vital to building a long-lasting company.

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Cory Ondrejka, former director of mobile engineering at Facebook, on how to tackle hard things early so you don't run into trouble later.

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Aditya Agarwal, VP of Engineering at Dropbox, talks about how he was able to scale their engineering team while maintaining productivity.

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Gordon Rios was Pandora's first official data scientist. Today, he's seen how a healthy, productive data team is grown and operates.

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Startup Sift Science relies on its interns to hit its goals. Here's how it designed its program to produce incredible and effective engineers.

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Ranker CEO Clark Benson readily admits that he made mistakes that almost destroyed the company. Here, he lists what not to do.

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As CEO of Percolate, Noah Brier knew he needed to get his rapidly growing company aligned. Building their own tools worked magic.

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Tindie CTO Julia Grace has thought through every part of the online buying experience. Here's how she broke it apart to optimize each step.

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Yammer Co-founder and CTO Adam Pisoni wants more companies to move away from tradition and become more responsive. Here's why.

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Kris Gale, former VP Engineering at Yammer, on the pernicious problem and ramifications of complexity cost.

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