There's a long list of most frequently-cited skills for becoming a successful entrepreneur. One that rarely makes the list is effective writing. Upstart CEO Dave Girouard pens this thoughtful case for the importance of strong writing in the startup world — and his tips for leveling up.

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Building better teams and companies starts with working on yourself. But for startup leaders, making time for personal development is usually last on the list. Here's a collection of tactical tips from the Review archives for getting started.

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Massella Dukuly, Tania Luna, Dr. Vaneeta Sandhu and Vanessa Tanicien (leadership trainers and facilitators at LifeLabs Learning) joined the First Round community for a tactical discussion on how leaders can become anti-racist and inclusive in their daily interactions, building the habits that can help keep this important work centered and sustained. Here's a rundown of some of the best tactics we heard them share.

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Psychologist and founder Dr. Emily Anhalt shares her seven traits of emotional fitness, why they're crucial for founders right now, plus concrete tactics for shaping up your emotional health.

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Author and behavioral scientist Matt Wallaert shares how two studies (on holding a pen and carrying around a box of chocolate) can shape our outlook when we're faced with a crisis.

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Unlocking the wisdom of your advisors has always been crucial for any founder, but it's even more important in the midst of massive uncertainty. We've rounded up six tactics from top experts for cutting through the noise and extracting the advice founders need to make meaningful decisions.

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At work, we're often expected to leave our emotions at the door and maintain a composed, "professional" exterior. But in the midst of this crisis, putting our emotions away in a tidy box until the end of the workday is no longer an option. Liz Fosslien, one-half of the duo behind the book "No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work" and head of content at Humu, has long preached the benefits of bringing more of our authentic, emotional selves to work. Here, she presents her behavior science-backed tips for caring for ourselves — and each other.

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We've tapped First Round partners, recession-era founders and our community of CEOs to put together the most comprehensive guide available about what it takes to lead a startup during this economic crisis. From extending your runway and reducing burn to supporting your team, this guide tackles the tough questions startup leaders are asking right now.

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Maggie Leung built out the 80-person fully remote content team that's helped NerdWallet stand out. Here are her tips for executives who are now tasked with leading large teams working remotely for the first time.

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Community experts, go-to-market leaders and founders everywhere are facing a new challenge: quickly spinning up virtual events and online communities that feel unique and valuable. Whether you’re tasked with energizing your existing community, pivoting your company’s event programming, scrambling to spin it all up for the first time — or just trying to hold a really great virtual happy hour — community expert David Spinks offers a wealth of wisdom drawn from over a decade spent deepening the moat of community.

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Bob Moore's first brush with life as a founder started in 2008—three days before Lehman Brothers collapsed. Since he cut his teeth as a first-time founder in turbulent times, he's gone on to build two other companies. Here, Moore shares the lessons he's learned along the way, from weathering bear markets and losing out to the competition, to finding (and falling out of) product/market fit.

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1:1s aren't just line-items on every manager's to-do list—it's critical to make sure these weekly meetings are as impactful and effective as possible. Here's a collection of tactical tips from the Review archives to help you take meetings with your direct reports to the next level.

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As he makes the transition from operator to investor, Todd Jackson looks back on his career at Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Dropbox (as well as his own chapter as a startup founder) to offer tactical takeaways and frameworks for company builders and product leaders alike.

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Raylene Yung has spent a decade scaling eng and product teams at Facebook and Stripe. Here's her advice for engineers at every stage of their careers, from IC to org leader.

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