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Hiring at early-stage startups isn't getting easier. And while there's plenty of advice out there, it's tough to find tactics that make a mark. We've assembled the best tips from leaders who've gone off the beaten path in search of unconventional practices and fresh perspectives for every stage of the hiring process.

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Co-founder Nathaniel Ru draws on his experience scaling Sweetgreen to offer startups a clearer window into how rapidly growing companies can stay connected with customers, partners and employees.

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We've rounded up 30 of the best insights from the articles we published over the last year. Read on for a time-capsule-like toolkit, full of the best tactical wisdom that seasoned company builders had to offer in 2018.

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Front's CEO and co-founder Mathilde Collin shares why a founder’s discipline matters more than vision, unveiling her own best practices and templates for communication, time management, fundraising and team building.

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This online outdoor gear and clothing company blends service and sales to craft a customer experiences that wows. VP of Sales and Customer Service Chris Purkey walks us through how startups can learn from Backcountry's approach to beat the scale of more established competitors with authentic, white glove customer service.

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Superhuman founder and CEO Rahul Vohra walks us through the framework his startup used to make product/market fit more actionable, detailing the survey and four-step process that were key to measuring and optimizing it.

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There's more to comp transparency than just sharing everyone's salaries in a spreadsheet. Compaas co-founder and CEO bethanye Blount makes the case for opening up and gives a rundown on the full spectrum of pay transparency options, sharing tips for how startups can find the right setting and communicate changes to the team.

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Trello's Nikita Miller has made a specialty of being the fourth product manager, leading teams through that unique transition from scrappy early-stage startup to a company that can scale. Here, she shares three strategies product leaders must implement to bridge that gap and get the most out of rapidly maturing teams.

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Engineering leader Varun Srinivasan had a front-row seat as Coinbase scaled to meet an explosion in demand for cryptocurrencies. Here, he shares the four org design rules they relied on to gear up for hypergrowth.

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Behance founder and Adobe's Chief Product Officer Scott Belsky believes the hardest and most crucial part of any bold venture is the middle stretch of company building. Here he zeroes in on what startups must do to iterate and improve products mid-flight.

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Many founders feel the pressure to spin up sales quickly to hit growth targets, but seasoned sales leader Karen Rhorer knows that this unsustainable strategy can lead to painful layoffs down the road. Here, she shares the four levers and key calculations startups need to understand in order to scale sales hiring the right way.

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Nonobvious markets can lead to hypergrowth, but they’re hard to spot in the moment. Leaning on his experience as a seasoned investor and operator, Elad Gil shares four principles to help uncover the three types of opportunities that others are overlooking.

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It’s time to raise the bar for diversity & inclusion — and Aubrey Blanche has the playbook that can help startups couple caring deeply with acting quickly. Here, she shares eight strategies that have made a difference at Atlassian.

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Founders are always told to "think big," but it's not always clear how or where to begin. First Round Capital co-founder Howard Morgan challenges founding teams to start by relaxing four key constraints.

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