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Claire Hughes Johnson is the woman overseeing Stripe's rocketship ascent. Here, she shares a list of questions that any startup can use to guide hyper-growth.

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Amazon veteran Michelle Wilson serves as an independent board member for Pinterest, Okta and Zendesk. From how to find independent board members to when to bring them on, here's what she tells startups that ask about this critical board role.

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DNAnexus CEO Richard Daly on how they tripled revenue by killing and scorching the earth under 'Dead Snake' projects.

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Flatiron Health's CMO and SVP Product Strategy Ogi Kavazovic explains how traditional PM practices break down at B2B companies, and what they can do instead.

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Kabam executed three tough about-faces to eventually sell for $800M. CEO Kevin Chou shares the keys that made this possible.

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HotelTonight went from a monthly burn of $2.5 million to profitability — in just over two quarters. Now a year since that milestone, CEO and Co-founder Sam Shank shares the tactics and lessons that helped the company execute the impressive turnaround.

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PlanGrid is changing the way the construction industry has operated for years. CEO Tracy Young describes the scrappy strategy that made them a catalyst.

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Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley has been doggedly pursuing an idea for over a decade across a few startups. Here, he shares the different types of tenacity it takes to turn a new concept into a notable company.

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So you've heard of radical candor by now, right? That's just one of many tools you'll need to be a better boss, according to Candor, Inc. co-founder Kim Scott. You also must master the different modes of performance on your team — especially for your top people. Here's why.

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Influitive CEO Mark Organ explains how a chief of staff can power up a CEO to superhuman status. Here, he details a roadmap to hiring and training for this critical role.

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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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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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Former Google executive Amy Chang has successfully courted heavy hitters and VIPs to advise her startup Accompany. Here, she breaks down how to score big fish for your braintrust.

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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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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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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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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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Google and Twitter veteran Russ Laraway breaks down the most critical conversations you must have with your employees to help them grow into fulfilling careers.

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USDS marketing chief and former head of marketing for Google X Janine Gianfredi shares her lessons on how to build adaptable teams, even in the most rigid and regulated environments.

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For decades, HR leader and Mensch Ventures' founder Beth Steinberg has tackled complex talent challenges at some of the biggest names in technology and retail. Here, she opens her playbook on a topic that many avoid before it's too late: layoffs.

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Candor Inc. co-founders Kim Scott and Russ Laraway have both written and spoken often on how to give radical candor to colleagues. Here they turn the tables and focus on how to receive it.

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Kris Duggan's entire job is to make goal-setting more effective. He's done the research and tried out many different strategies. Here's what worked the best.

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Company crises — like wildfires — are complex developments that can progress in unexpected ways. Simple's Head of Communications Krista Berlincourt outlines the principles and practices that can help triage and tackle any incident.

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Since starting his career as a U.S. Marine, Don Faul has led operations at Facebook, Pinterest and now Athos. Here are the stories he tells to rally big teams to do their best work.

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Instacart VP of Product Elliot Shmukler shares how he uses A/B testing as a management framework to not only accelerate product decisions, but also empower product teams.

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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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Bestselling author Adam Grant follows up on his highly acclaimed book Originals with a set of interview questions needed to surface and select originals for your startup. Here's what to ask and how to find the nonconformists that will help propel your company forward.

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Intuit Founder Scott Cook on the most important lessons he learned, including the right (and rigorous way) to check references.

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Todd Jackson is skilled at identifying excellent product managers. Now Dropbox's VP of Product and Design, he shares his process here.

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Reboot.io founder and professional coach Khalid Halim has drawn from his training in neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) to help top-tier tech leaders better communicate and resonate with their growing teams.

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

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After leading a massive division at LinkedIn, and now running three groups at a startup, Roli Saxena knows about burnout. Here's how she fights it with logic.

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Katia Verresen is one of the most sought-after leadership coaches in tech. Here's how she's seen abundant thinking transform careers and companies.

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Serial entrepreneur and angel investor Hiten Shah deconstructs the best advice he's ever received to extract what made it so remarkable. He draws from the standout experience to illustrate the tactics that he's used to become a skilled advice giver — and recipient.

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Jeff Seibert sold two startups back-to-back, and now regularly advises Twitter on acquisition deals from the inside. Here's what all founders need to know about this process.

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Security isn't about reducing risk to zero. It's about continuously rebalancing risk as context shifts. Here's how Box's Michael Graham helps startups approach security at each growth stage.

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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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Management expert Kim Scott builds on her argument for 'Radical Candor' by looking at the challenges of giving and receiving feedback through a gender lens.

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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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Anne Dwane, CBO at Chegg, has had to adapt a lot in her career as she's started and sold companies. Here's what she learned.

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Segment Co-founder and CEO Peter Reinhardt has personally test-driven a tool a week for the last three years. Here he shares the toolkit you need to get the most out of your customer data.

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Next Big Sound's Head of Engineering Dave Zwieback cautions against the perils of blame — and shares how to circumvent them to build a more resilient company.

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Rebelmouse Founder and CEO Paul Berry on those moments when no playbook can help you and you have to go off script — how to do it right.

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Gusto CEO Josh Reeves reveals the months-long process the company used to change its identity for the better without losing customers or momentum.

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OpenTable's leader Christa Quarles explains how startups can spot and survive their breaking points.

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This is how Square Exec Gokul Rajaram is growing food delivery business Caviar one challenging decision at a time.

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Former Facebook CTO and Quip chief Bret Taylor shares how to dislodge well-established rivals.

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In 2015, we brought you nearly 100 articles chock-full of advice from the best minds in tech. Here, we've distilled this down to the very best, needle-moving insights.

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A comprehensive list of the top pieces of advice we heard in 2014 from people who are the very best at what they do.

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Upstart Founder and CEO Dave Girouard on the uniquely difficult challenge of evaluating and providing feedback to the leaders at your company.

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Kim Scott cut her teeth as a manager at Apple and Google, and now helps create great leaders as an author and coach for companies like Twitter. Here's the secret that's made all the difference for her.

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Adam Pisoni spoke at First Round's recent CEO Summit about the lessons he plans to apply as a second-time founder.

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Max Ventilla may be revolutionizing early education, but he's also changing the way startups work. Here's how his company handles the critical matter of performance reviews.

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Expensify Founder and CEO David Barrett dispels five myths about user acquisition and shares atypical truths about how to attract and retain new customers.

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Two years ago, Nerdwallet completely remade its staff with a new set of values, frameworks, and a fresh approach to hiring. Here's a breakdown of how they did it.

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Mike Arauz is an expert at understanding and building new systems of management. Here, he talks about how startups can break from tradition to up their productivity.

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Koru CEO Kristen Hamilton helps hundreds of people hire and get hired every year. These are the traits she knows translate into excellent performance on the job.

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Molly Graham helped forge a work culture at Facebook that's withstood huge amounts of growth. Today, she's something of a rapid scaling expert. Here's the key to doing it right, she says.

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Sought-after leadership coach Chris Holmberg on the mistakes he sees too many leaders make, and the best way to sidestep them.

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Yammer Co-founder Adam Pisoni speaks with General Stanley McChrystal about the lessons technology companies might take away from his new book Team of Teams.

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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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All things being equal, speed will determine whether your company succeeds or not. Here's how to make it core to your culture.

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Pandora's VP of Product Jack Krawczyk offers the six tactics you need to lead product managers.

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Yammer CTO and Co-founder Adam Pisoni on why more startups should consider breaking away from agile development and how they can start the conversation.

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Yesware's CEO Matthew Bellows on how he's built a culture that champions surprisingly candid and clear communication.

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Longtime entrepreneur and investor Mark Leslie on the inevitable truth that when small companies meet big ones, small usually wins out. Here's why.

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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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Airbnb VP Engineering Mike Curtis on the practices and principles you can put in place to bust bureaucracy before it starts.

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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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Yammer Co-founder Adam Pisoni is on a mission: To spread the word about responsive company models. Here's how Holacracy fits into this movement.

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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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Josh Kopelman on why raising a Series A is harder than ever, and how startups can adapt to survive the changing investment landscape.

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Yammer VP of Engineering Kris Gale explains why organizational norms are holding us back and what to do about it.

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Former Google SVP of Products Jonathan Rosenberg on the quintessential lessons every leader needs to learn.

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Looker Founder Lloyd Tabb on why it's vital for startup founders to treat their early employees like partners in the business.

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Jason Stirman, one of the top minds behind Medium, explains how the company is using holacracy to do more faster and better.

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Dropbox Founder and CEO Drew Houston turned a great piece of software into a massive business. Here's how he got there.

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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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Mark Leslie, longtime executive and advisor, explains how companies can prolong their lifespan by innovating at the right time.

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From wall colors to snack options, office designer Kelly Robinson shares tips that any startup can use to make the most of their workspace.

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Most startups die right before they enter hyper-growth. Steve Blank shares his perspectives on how companies can cross the chasm.

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Yammer Co-founder Adam Pisoni investigates how companies can make revolutionary internal changes without breaking apart.

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Location Labs' founder provides a template for a low-burn strategy that strengthened his company while extending its runway.

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Gumroad adopted a flat management structure by accident, but it's still working great. Founder Sahil Lavingia explains why flat is better.

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Mike Brown, corporate development veteran from Facebook and Twitter, explains how to win the talent acquisition process.

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David Friedberg, CEO of The Climate Corporation, tells the story of how they built a valuable company from scratch.

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Jeff Bonforte, former CEO of Xobni (now SVP at Yahoo), provides a step-by-step guide to running a painless, productive board meeting.

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Todd Jackson has experience managing products at Google, Facebook and his own startup. Here's what he learned.

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Stanford Business and Engineering Professor Bob Sutton shares his secrets for effective leadership (including the No Asshole Rule).

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Andy Rachleff, co-founder of Benchmark Capital, breaks down the ideal plan for granting equity to incentivize loyalty.

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Dropbox CEO Drew Houston shares his strategy for getting up to speed fast to succeed as a novice founder.

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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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Michael Lopp has headed up People Operations at both Palantir and Pinterest. Here, he explains how to fire people the right way.

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Our 2013 roundup of the very best pieces of advice for entrepreneurs shared by experts and leaders across the tech industry.

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Swipely CEO Angus Davis shares how his company deployed OKRs to grow past 50 employees and $1 billion in sales.

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Angel investor and seasoned consultant Paul Arnold on how to introduce organization that will accelerate your startup.

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Asana Co-founder Justin Rosenstein on the critical need for clarity within startups and how to achieve it as you scale.

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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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Sought-after executive coach Katia Verresen shares the tips and tricks you can use to be as effective as possible.

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First Round Partner Phin Barnes on the best way to give feedback so that it's not only heard, but also makes a big difference.

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Founder Adora Cheung shares the strategies and hard lessons that allowed Homejoy to sprint across two continents and keep quality high.

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Maynard Webb has become known as Mr. Fix-It for his crisis management at eBay, Salesforce and Yahoo. Here's how he did it.

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Kim Scott, veteran of Google, Apple, Dropbox and Twitter, shares what she's learned — especially the importance of giving a damn.

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Stanford Business and Engineering Professor Bob Sutton shares the tactics startups can use to grow fast without fatally breaking.

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First Round Partner Bill Trenchard on how the best CEOs in tech get the most out of their time.

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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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Angus Davis, founder and CEO of Swipely, on the lessons he learned from flying that now apply to entrepreneurism.

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This is a pep talk for anyone who’s chosen Should far too long and feels like it’s about time they give Must a shot.

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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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Molly Graham joined Facebook at 400 employees and helped turn a culture of chaos into a streamlined organization. Here's how she did it.

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Ed Catmull, President of Pixar, has spent his career being creative. Now he's exploring how companies can proactively ignite creativity.

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URX CEO John Milinovich knows communication is crucial and that maintaining it will be hard as they grow. Here's what he's doing about it.

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Carly Guthrie has helped onboard new employees in startup offices and crowded restaurants. Here's what she learned from hard-won experience.

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Glenn Solomon, partner at GGV Capital shares the ingredients that make for a good IPO and disasters to avoid along the way.

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Ann Mehl and Jerry Colonna coach startups to communicate more clearly. These are the quick tips they've seen make a huge impact.

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The need to plan a year ahead can cripple fast-changing startups. Instead, here's a system to think long-term with short-term agility.

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Squarespace CEO Anthony Casalena explains how the company pivoted several times before discovering the recipe for success.

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As companies grow, process tends to slow things down. Follow these steps from Instagram's Director of Product to stay lean.

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After 24 years climbing the corporate ladder, Scott Crabtree now focuses on data-driven approaches to what makes people happy at work.

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When Julia and Kevin Hartz first started Eventbrite, they knew they weren't looking for a quick exit, but for long-term, durable success.

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Hiring the best is hard because there's so much human variation. Amazon's Anurag Gupta shares a system that always raises the bar.

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According to First Round Partner Rob Hayes, there are only three things new founders need to focus on to succeed.

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Knowing too much can be dangerous and narrow your view. Leadership advisor Liz Wiseman offers tips for avoiding this trap.

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Carly Guthrie has run HR for major restaurant groups and startups. Here, she shares lessons for startups looking to hold onto their talent.

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