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When it comes to diversity and inclusion, D&I leader Ciara Trinidad lets the data speak. When she left her last startup, the 125-person company was 59% women, its sales team had gender parity, and underrepresented minorities constituted the majority of its product team. Here she shares why a culture of data underpins a culture of inclusion — and how to do it.

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Jennifer Rettig brings her recruiting expertise from Target, Apple, Yahoo, and — most recently — Looker, to share the tactics that will find your company the best executives.

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Adil Ajmal has been building engineering teams from scratch to huge for over 20 years. Here's what he's learned to close the best candidates for your company.

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Over the years, we've published interview questions recommended by leaders across every field. Here are the very best for hiring excellent performers every time.

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Patreon's Lucia Guillory is pioneering a new approach to People Ops that creates an end-to-end employee experience AND scales. Early-stage startups take heed.

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Facebook, Linden Lab and Reddit veteran bethanye Blount is on a mission to help startups ensure that the story their comp practices are telling is the right one. Here's how you'll know.

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Startups are always evolving, but something transforms them between 30-50 employees. Here's what the Review's experts have to say about navigating that particular inflection point more smoothly.

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When searches for talent are competitive and condensed, startups have a need for speed that makes freestyle negotiations or plug-and-play comp data resources attractive. But that's not how it has to go down. Instacart assembled a multifunctional task force — its VPs of Engineering, HR and Data Science — to spearhead a more sophisticated compensation strategy driven by data. Here's how it works.

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Chris Fralic is a world-class super-connector. Here's how the long-time First Round Partner has methodically built bonds spanning years and careers.

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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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Between them, eero's David Loftesness and BCG Digital Ventures' Alexander Grosse have held engineering leadership roles at Twitter, SoundCloud, Amazon/A9, issuu and Nokia. Throughout their careers, they’ve noted a silent force that can be particularly damaging to a fast-growing company: factions. Here's how to anticipate and combat them.

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Damien Hooper-Campbell is on a mission to generate more authentic, effective conversations about diversity and inclusion. Here's how you can join him.

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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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Chewse CEO Tracy Lawrence shares how she's made open salaries work at her startup — and how it has transformed it. She runs through tactics and rubrics that help intangibles such as transparency and openness feel real to employees.

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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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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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NerdWallet VP of People Operations Flo Thinh outlines the profile of an exceptional Head of Recruiting as well how to design a magical candidate experience.

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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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Justin Milano and Dan Cordaro have built their reputations on the science of overcoming fear — today, they help dozens of startups turn these feelings into opportunity.

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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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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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Wharton professor and bestselling author Jonah Berger shines a light on the hidden forces that shape our behavior. Here he explains why it's best to influence — and be influenced — by increment.

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Introducing a new annual feature on First Round Review: The Summer Reading List. All year, we bring you advice from the best in tech. Here, they recommend the books that expanded their minds in 2016.

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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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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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Frederique Dame spent the last four years as a top product manager at Uber. But if you ask her what's made her career, it's her attitude. Here's what she knows that others should.

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

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Remind's classroom communication app is used in more than half of all US public schools. It's because its co-founder Brett Kopf and team are unabashedly obsessed with their users. Here's how they build remarkable relationships with customers.

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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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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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Location Labs is known for two things — its impressively low burn rate and its uncanny ability to retain brilliant employees for years and years. Here's how it's managed to hold on to its most valuable talent.

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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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Tammy Han is a secret weapon for both startups and candidates navigating the frothy tech job market. Here is her comprehensive survival guide.

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Percolate Co-founder Noah Brier shares why your company is only as strong as its onboarding plan.

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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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Twilio CEO and Co-founder Jeff Lawson brings precision, power and process to company values.

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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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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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GiveForward's culture isn't a party trick. It's why it's racking up wins in the crowdfunding space.

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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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Pocket founder and CEO Nate Weiner on how startups can have an outsized impact with a small team.

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Serial entrepreneur and networking maven Angie Chang deconstructs the art of influence in three steps.

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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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TalentBin Co-founder Peter Kazanjy on how startups can design their own bootcamps to make sure sales teams are spun up to succeed.

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SoundCloud's head of internal communications shares how they keep the team feeling like they are all in one place across four time zones.

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Planet Labs CTO Chris Boshuizen on how to build an internship program that will turn promising young people into incredible assets for your company.

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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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Eric Feng built much of Hulu from scratch, and is now doing the same thing at Flipboard. Here's his definitive guide on setting up a data-driven hiring process.

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As head of engineering at Coursera, John Ciancutti needs to bring on the best talent. Here's his sure-fire formula for making his company competitive.

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Greg Brockman, the founding engineer at Stripe, talks about how to construct your hiring pipeline to maximize talent.

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LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner on the huge difference having a defined mission and vision can make for your company.

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

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Top technical recruiters Ali Behnam and Mike Morell of Riviera Partners share how startups can snag a great VP of Engineering.

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

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

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Entrepreneur and investor Guy Kawasaki on the importance of making your product approachable, surprising and delightful.

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

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Networking expert Patrick Ewers provides six powerful tips for forging connections that can advance your goals and richen your life.

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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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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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Jeff Atwood, Founder of Discourse, Stack Exchange and Coding Horror, shares his secrets for garnering the best talent in tech.

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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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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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Possible Health endeavors to bring high-quality health care to the world's harshest environments. It's powered by incredible culture.

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TalentBin Founder and CEO Peter Kazanjy breaks down referral hiring, how to do it and why it's so vital for your company early on.

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TalentBin Founder Peter Kazanjy knows the qualities that make a good recruiter, and has a rubric for building out your hiring strategy.

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Heidi Roizen has been an entrepreneur, advisor and investor. But in order to excel at work, you have to live a life that makes you happy.

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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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Julie Zhuo, Director of Product Design, shares Facebook's in-depth process for hiring talented designers step by step.

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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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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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Many entrepreneurs don't make the most out of their advising relationships. Get more done by deepening these connections.

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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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HR specialist Megan Zengerle is a veteran at international hiring. Here, she clarifies the visa process, best practices and more.

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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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Molly Graham helped structure compensation at Facebook and now Quip. She's emerged with these rules for creating a fair, motivating system.

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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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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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Steve Blank explains how entrepreneurs can use a tool called the Business Model Canvas to find the ideal co-founder for their startup.

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

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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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