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The 3 Levels of Goal Setting That Every Startup Needs
The 3 Levels of Goal Setting That Every Startup Needs

Drive startup success by learning how to set goals at three levels: org, team, and individual.

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5 Roles You Never Knew You Needed
5 Roles You Never Knew You Needed

When it comes to hiring at a startup, sometimes the most impactful roles aren’t the most obvious.

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5 Roles You Never Knew You Needed

When it comes to hiring at a startup, sometimes the most impactful roles aren’t the most obvious.

Karl Alomar & Matt Hoffman

January 20, 2022

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5 Roles You Never Knew You Needed
How to Scale Your Startup’s Engineering Org
How to Scale Your Startup’s Engineering Org

Do all startups need a CTO? What makes a great first hire? Former Podz CTO Seye Ojumu weighs in.

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How to Scale Your Startup’s Engineering Org

Do all startups need a CTO? What makes a great first hire? Former Podz CTO Seye Ojumu weighs in.

Matt Hoffman

December 10, 2021

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How to Scale Your Startup’s Engineering Org
How to Support and Develop Effective People Managers
How to Support and Develop Effective People Managers

Start by creating clear role descriptions, success metrics, and standards for your startup’s people managers.

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How to Support and Develop Effective People Managers

Start by creating clear role descriptions, success metrics, and standards for your startup’s people managers.

Matt Hoffman & Tania Luna

September 22, 2021

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How to Support and Develop Effective People Managers
My Startup Has Doubled in Size. Now What?
My Startup Has Doubled in Size. Now What?

From hiring to firing, two executive coaches share advice on how to manage the stress of scaling.

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My Startup Has Doubled in Size. Now What?

From hiring to firing, two executive coaches share advice on how to manage the stress of scaling.

Anna Barber & Matt Hoffman

September 17, 2021

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My Startup Has Doubled in Size. Now What?
Organizational Culture: How to Talk About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Organizational Culture: How to Talk About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Learn how startups can create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.

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Organizational Culture: How to Talk About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Learn how startups can create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.

Lindsey Marlowe

September 1, 2021

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Organizational Culture: How to Talk About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
A Founder's Guide to Onboarding New Hires
A Founder's Guide to Onboarding New Hires

Customize 30-, 60-, and 90-day plans for your startup’s new hires with these onboarding tips and tricks.

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A Founder's Guide to Onboarding New Hires

Customize 30-, 60-, and 90-day plans for your startup’s new hires with these onboarding tips and tricks.

Matt Hoffman & Tania Luna

August 20, 2021

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A Founder's Guide to Onboarding New Hires
A 5-Step Guide to Startup Recruiting and Hiring
A 5-Step Guide to Startup Recruiting and Hiring

Here’s how creating an efficient, fair, and scalable interview process can help you recruit top talent.

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A 5-Step Guide to Startup Recruiting and Hiring

Here’s how creating an efficient, fair, and scalable interview process can help you recruit top talent.

Matt Hoffman & Tania Luna

August 20, 2021

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A 5-Step Guide to Startup Recruiting and Hiring
How to Tackle Social Impact as a Founder
How to Tackle Social Impact as a Founder

Learn the difference between social impact and advocacy, how to measure impact, and more.

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How to Tackle Social Impact as a Founder

Learn the difference between social impact and advocacy, how to measure impact, and more.

Sequoia Blodgett

August 16, 2021

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How to Tackle Social Impact as a Founder
Compensation in the New World of Work
Compensation in the New World of Work

Find out when you should and shouldn’t consider adjusting your remote workers’ pay.

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Compensation in the New World of Work

Find out when you should and shouldn’t consider adjusting your remote workers’ pay.

Lindsey Marlowe

July 30, 2021

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Compensation in the New World of Work
How to Build an Effective Board for Your Startup
How to Build an Effective Board for Your Startup

A successful board relationship starts with recruiting the right people and knowing how to cultivate those bonds

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How to Build an Effective Board for Your Startup

A successful board relationship starts with recruiting the right people and knowing how to cultivate those bonds

Matt Hoffman

July 30, 2021

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How to Build an Effective Board for Your Startup
Effective Practices for Reopening Your Office
Effective Practices for Reopening Your Office

Get practical and actionable advice for supporting your team as you return to in-person work.

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Effective Practices for Reopening Your Office

Get practical and actionable advice for supporting your team as you return to in-person work.

Kris Gerdts

June 8, 2021

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Effective Practices for Reopening Your Office
What Every Startup Should Know About Compensation
What Every Startup Should Know About Compensation

Retain your employees by creating a compensation philosophy around pay, time off, and other benefits.

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What Every Startup Should Know About Compensation

Retain your employees by creating a compensation philosophy around pay, time off, and other benefits.

Matt Hoffman & Tania Luna

May 27, 2021

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What Every Startup Should Know About Compensation
How to Scale Your Startup Culture and Values
How to Scale Your Startup Culture and Values

Explore how to establish or refine the three pillars of your company culture: mission, vision, and values.

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How to Scale Your Startup Culture and Values

Explore how to establish or refine the three pillars of your company culture: mission, vision, and values.

Matt Hoffman & Tania Luna

May 21, 2021

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How to Scale Your Startup Culture and Values
Building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Into Your Startup
Building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Into Your Startup

Discover how to develop diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies that can make a difference.

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Building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Into Your Startup

Discover how to develop diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies that can make a difference.

Matt Hoffman & Ashley Schwedt & Theo Haber

May 21, 2021

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Building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Into Your Startup
Designing an Organizational Structure for Your Startup
Designing an Organizational Structure for Your Startup

Learn how to create roles, levels, and job titles that can evolve as your startup grows.

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Designing an Organizational Structure for Your Startup

Learn how to create roles, levels, and job titles that can evolve as your startup grows.

Matt Hoffman & Tania Luna

April 27, 2021

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Designing an Organizational Structure for Your Startup
How to Give Feedback with EQ and Empathy
How to Give Feedback with EQ and Empathy

Remember these tips when delivering constructive feedback with emotional intelligence and empathy.

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How to Give Feedback with EQ and Empathy

Remember these tips when delivering constructive feedback with emotional intelligence and empathy.

Matt Hoffman & Tania Luna

March 16, 2021

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How to Give Feedback with EQ and Empathy
Lessons from Leading a Women’s Group
Lessons from Leading a Women’s Group

Consider these four steps when launching an employee resource group at your startup.

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Lessons from Leading a Women’s Group

Consider these four steps when launching an employee resource group at your startup.

Julia Brokaw

March 5, 2021

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Lessons from Leading a Women’s Group
Adam Grant: Why Startup Founders Should Normalize Asking for Help
Adam Grant: Why Startup Founders Should Normalize Asking for Help

The bestselling author of “Think Again” explains why psychological safety is critical at startups.

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Adam Grant: Why Startup Founders Should Normalize Asking for Help

The bestselling author of “Think Again” explains why psychological safety is critical at startups.

Christine Choi

February 26, 2021

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Adam Grant: Why Startup Founders Should Normalize Asking for Help
Why Arianna Huffington Says Burnout Shouldn't Be the Price of Startup Success
Why Arianna Huffington Says Burnout Shouldn't Be the Price of Startup Success

Learn the small steps that lead from resting to achieving at work.

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Why Arianna Huffington Says Burnout Shouldn't Be the Price of Startup Success

Learn the small steps that lead from resting to achieving at work.

Courtney Reum

February 24, 2021

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Why Arianna Huffington Says Burnout Shouldn't Be the Price of Startup Success
LL Cool J: Here's Why I’m Not Competing with Anyone Else
LL Cool J: Here's Why I’m Not Competing with Anyone Else

James Todd Smith shares startup tips and lessons learned as an actor, musician, and entrepreneur.

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LL Cool J: Here's Why I’m Not Competing with Anyone Else

James Todd Smith shares startup tips and lessons learned as an actor, musician, and entrepreneur.

Courtney Reum

February 24, 2021

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LL Cool J: Here's Why I’m Not Competing with Anyone Else
Idea Maze: Turning Your Vision Into a Business
Idea Maze: Turning Your Vision Into a Business

Following these six essential steps can help you make the jump from startup vision to startup launch.

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Idea Maze: Turning Your Vision Into a Business

Following these six essential steps can help you make the jump from startup vision to startup launch.

M13 Team

February 15, 2021

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Idea Maze: Turning Your Vision Into a Business
High Output Management: Managing in the Digital Age
High Output Management: Managing in the Digital Age

As your employees shift to working remotely, here are some ways to keep up morale and productivity.

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High Output Management: Managing in the Digital Age

As your employees shift to working remotely, here are some ways to keep up morale and productivity.

M13 Team

February 1, 2021

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High Output Management: Managing in the Digital Age
Founder Survey: EQ Matters More Than IQ
Founder Survey: EQ Matters More Than IQ

A survey reveals that emotional intelligence in leaders is more important than intelligence.

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Founder Survey: EQ Matters More Than IQ

A survey reveals that emotional intelligence in leaders is more important than intelligence.

Anna Barber & Robyn Ward

January 5, 2021

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Founder Survey: EQ Matters More Than IQ
Human Capital: The Essential Guide to Scaling People Systems
Human Capital: The Essential Guide to Scaling People Systems

Learn how to build a startup that outlearns the competition with this talent guide.

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Human Capital: The Essential Guide to Scaling People Systems

Learn how to build a startup that outlearns the competition with this talent guide.

Matt Hoffman & Tania Luna

December 8, 2020

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Human Capital: The Essential Guide to Scaling People Systems
Demystifying the Offer Process
Demystifying the Offer Process

Get advice on negotiating a job offer at a startup, including counteroffers.

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Demystifying the Offer Process

Get advice on negotiating a job offer at a startup, including counteroffers.

Lindsey Marlowe

October 16, 2020

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Demystifying the Offer Process
Leadership at M13
Leadership at M13

We’re working harder to listen, learn, and build the trust it takes to ask for help.

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Leadership at M13

We’re working harder to listen, learn, and build the trust it takes to ask for help.

Christine Choi

September 25, 2020

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Leadership at M13
Building a Compelling Personal Brand
Building a Compelling Personal Brand

Whether you’re the one hiring or being hired, discover what can make a personal brand stand out.

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Building a Compelling Personal Brand

Whether you’re the one hiring or being hired, discover what can make a personal brand stand out.

Lindsey Marlowe

September 3, 2020

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Building a Compelling Personal Brand
Best Practices for Developing a Strong Startup Culture
Best Practices for Developing a Strong Startup Culture

Completing a values exercise with your team can help raise important trade-off questions.

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Best Practices for Developing a Strong Startup Culture

Completing a values exercise with your team can help raise important trade-off questions.

Matt Hoffman

August 20, 2020

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Best Practices for Developing a Strong Startup Culture
Karl Alomar on a Path Forward
Karl Alomar on a Path Forward

In a crisis, a positive mindset is as important as the strategy itself.

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Karl Alomar on a Path Forward

In a crisis, a positive mindset is as important as the strategy itself.

Lindsey Marlowe & Karl Alomar

August 13, 2020

1 min read

Karl Alomar on a Path Forward
Karl Alomar on Leading Through Change
Karl Alomar on Leading Through Change

Get advice on creating and communicating a strategic plan in times of crisis.

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Karl Alomar on Leading Through Change

Get advice on creating and communicating a strategic plan in times of crisis.

Lindsey Marlowe & Karl Alomar

August 13, 2020

1 min read

Karl Alomar on Leading Through Change
Harnessing Founder Talent to Accelerate Corporate Innovation
Harnessing Founder Talent to Accelerate Corporate Innovation

M13's Carter Reum highlights the advantages of venture studio models and the latest consumer trends.

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Harnessing Founder Talent to Accelerate Corporate Innovation

M13's Carter Reum highlights the advantages of venture studio models and the latest consumer trends.

Lindsey Marlowe

July 27, 2020

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Harnessing Founder Talent to Accelerate Corporate Innovation
The Power of Neutral Thinking with Trevor Moawad
The Power of Neutral Thinking with Trevor Moawad

By minimizing negative thoughts, your mind becomes free to perform better.

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The Power of Neutral Thinking with Trevor Moawad

By minimizing negative thoughts, your mind becomes free to perform better.

Lindsey Marlowe

July 23, 2020

1 min read

The Power of Neutral Thinking with Trevor Moawad
Advice for Founders During COVID-19
Advice for Founders During COVID-19

Get tips on how to communicate with investors, how to think about supply chain in a crisis, and more.

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Advice for Founders During COVID-19

Get tips on how to communicate with investors, how to think about supply chain in a crisis, and more.

Courtney Reum & Lindsey Marlowe

July 15, 2020

4 min read

Advice for Founders During COVID-19
How Entrepreneurs Can Stay Inspired Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic
How Entrepreneurs Can Stay Inspired Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

Explore digital network opportunities, learn from other industries, and more.

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How Entrepreneurs Can Stay Inspired Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

Explore digital network opportunities, learn from other industries, and more.

Carter Reum

July 2, 2020

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How Entrepreneurs Can Stay Inspired Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic
How, Why, and When to Cultivate a Diverse Workforce
How, Why, and When to Cultivate a Diverse Workforce

Get tips for building a culture that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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How, Why, and When to Cultivate a Diverse Workforce

Get tips for building a culture that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Matt Hoffman

June 29, 2020

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How, Why, and When to Cultivate a Diverse Workforce
Management Skills for Navigating the New World of Remote Work
Management Skills for Navigating the New World of Remote Work

Adapt to working remotely with clear communication, constructive feedback, and more.

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Management Skills for Navigating the New World of Remote Work

Adapt to working remotely with clear communication, constructive feedback, and more.

Lindsey Marlowe

June 25, 2020

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Management Skills for Navigating the New World of Remote Work
5 Ways to Focus on Less and Think More
5 Ways to Focus on Less and Think More

From meditating to turning off notifications, take the time you need to recharge.

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5 Ways to Focus on Less and Think More

From meditating to turning off notifications, take the time you need to recharge.

Carter Reum

June 23, 2020

1 min read

5 Ways to Focus on Less and Think More
How Entrepreneurship Can Flourish in a Pandemic
How Entrepreneurship Can Flourish in a Pandemic

Use this time to solve problems, restructure processes, bring value, and help your community.

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How Entrepreneurship Can Flourish in a Pandemic

Use this time to solve problems, restructure processes, bring value, and help your community.

Carter Reum

June 11, 2020

4 min read

How Entrepreneurship Can Flourish in a Pandemic
Letting Go of an Executive with Empathy
Letting Go of an Executive with Empathy

Consider this tried-and-true advice if you ever need to part ways with an exec.

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Letting Go of an Executive with Empathy

Consider this tried-and-true advice if you ever need to part ways with an exec.

Matt Hoffman & Gautam Gupta

May 13, 2020

8 min read

Letting Go of an Executive with Empathy
Building Resiliency and Focus During Stressful Times
Building Resiliency and Focus During Stressful Times

Human connection and clear priorities can help you navigate turbulent periods.

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Building Resiliency and Focus During Stressful Times

Human connection and clear priorities can help you navigate turbulent periods.

Lindsey Marlowe

May 10, 2020

9 min read

Building Resiliency and Focus During Stressful Times
It’s OK to Not Be OK: An Honest Exploration of Wellness for Leaders
It’s OK to Not Be OK: An Honest Exploration of Wellness for Leaders

Three startup founders share how they manage their mental health in a crisis.

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It’s OK to Not Be OK: An Honest Exploration of Wellness for Leaders

Three startup founders share how they manage their mental health in a crisis.

Lindsey Marlowe

May 10, 2020

7 min read

It’s OK to Not Be OK: An Honest Exploration of Wellness for Leaders
Karl Alomar Discusses Leading Through Crisis
Karl Alomar Discusses Leading Through Crisis

M13’s managing partner explains the strategies—and mindset—that got him through past crises.

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Karl Alomar Discusses Leading Through Crisis

M13’s managing partner explains the strategies—and mindset—that got him through past crises.

Darja Gutnick

May 10, 2020

1 min read

Karl Alomar Discusses Leading Through Crisis
Employee Retention and Engagement in the New World of Work
Employee Retention and Engagement in the New World of Work

Here’s why it’s time to prioritize real-time feedback and agile check-ins—and why you should rethink annual reviews for employees.

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Employee Retention and Engagement in the New World of Work

Here’s why it’s time to prioritize real-time feedback and agile check-ins—and why you should rethink annual reviews for employees.

Lindsey Marlowe

April 19, 2020

2 min read

Employee Retention and Engagement in the New World of Work
Managing Your Workforce and Understanding CARES & FFCRA
Managing Your Workforce and Understanding CARES & FFCRA

Legal and HR experts discuss how startups can handle layoffs, furloughs, and other tough decisions.

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Managing Your Workforce and Understanding CARES & FFCRA

Legal and HR experts discuss how startups can handle layoffs, furloughs, and other tough decisions.

Lindsey Marlowe

April 19, 2020

3 min read

Managing Your Workforce and Understanding CARES & FFCRA
Remote Onboarding in Light of COVID-19
Remote Onboarding in Light of COVID-19

Discover how M13 is welcoming new hires who are starting out as remote workers.

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Remote Onboarding in Light of COVID-19

Discover how M13 is welcoming new hires who are starting out as remote workers.

Marie Sokolovsky & Rita Serrano

April 19, 2020

2 min read

Remote Onboarding in Light of COVID-19
All-hands on… Zoom? How We’re Handling WFH
All-hands on… Zoom? How We’re Handling WFH

From daily stand-ups to team challenges, here's how M13 is adapting to remote work.

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All-hands on… Zoom? How We’re Handling WFH

From daily stand-ups to team challenges, here's how M13 is adapting to remote work.

Lindsey Marlowe

April 19, 2020

2 min read

All-hands on… Zoom? How We’re Handling WFH
Best Practices for Remote Hiring
Best Practices for Remote Hiring

Upgrade your technology, refine your interview process, actively listen, and more.

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Best Practices for Remote Hiring

Upgrade your technology, refine your interview process, actively listen, and more.

Matt Hoffman

April 19, 2020

2 min read

Best Practices for Remote Hiring
Leading Through Uncertainty
Leading Through Uncertainty

Surviving a downturn requires fiscal responsibility—and a strong leadership team.

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Leading Through Uncertainty

Surviving a downturn requires fiscal responsibility—and a strong leadership team.

M13 Team

April 19, 2020

2 min read

Leading Through Uncertainty
Discussing Goldman Sachs' Diversity Announcement
Discussing Goldman Sachs' Diversity Announcement

Goldman Sachs will no longer do IPOs for companies with all-male boards, CEO David Solomon says.

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Discussing Goldman Sachs' Diversity Announcement

Goldman Sachs will no longer do IPOs for companies with all-male boards, CEO David Solomon says.

Christine Choi & Matt Hoffman

March 16, 2020

2 min read

Discussing Goldman Sachs' Diversity Announcement
How to Successfully Manage Remote Teams
How to Successfully Manage Remote Teams

Stay connected virtually by learning new etiquette and ideas for team building.

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How to Successfully Manage Remote Teams

Stay connected virtually by learning new etiquette and ideas for team building.

Lindsey Marlowe

March 16, 2020

2 min read

How to Successfully Manage Remote Teams
A Great Founding Team: More Than the Sum of Its Parts
A Great Founding Team: More Than the Sum of Its Parts

Identify complementary and diverse skills, and avoid these common startup mistakes.

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A Great Founding Team: More Than the Sum of Its Parts

Identify complementary and diverse skills, and avoid these common startup mistakes.

Latif Peracha & Karl Alomar

March 12, 2020

5 min read

A Great Founding Team: More Than the Sum of Its Parts
Effective Recruiting at Scale: Planning Wins the Day
Effective Recruiting at Scale: Planning Wins the Day

Uplevel your startup’s recruiting strategy by having an interview pre-brief, staying aligned, and more.

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Effective Recruiting at Scale: Planning Wins the Day

Uplevel your startup’s recruiting strategy by having an interview pre-brief, staying aligned, and more.

Matt Hoffman

March 12, 2020

4 min read

Effective Recruiting at Scale: Planning Wins the Day
Awareness Not Avoidance: How to Face Common Founding Team Issues Head On
Awareness Not Avoidance: How to Face Common Founding Team Issues Head On

Try these strategies to overcome decision paralysis, find cost-efficient ways to fill skill gaps, and more.

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Awareness Not Avoidance: How to Face Common Founding Team Issues Head On

Try these strategies to overcome decision paralysis, find cost-efficient ways to fill skill gaps, and more.

Andrew Grone

March 12, 2020

5 min read

Awareness Not Avoidance: How to Face Common Founding Team Issues Head On
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