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meadow team
Leadership
7 min read

How to Win at Team Building and Retention

Since starting Meadow in 2014, we’ve only had one employee leave. When she did, it was at our encouragement (so she could start her own business) and she still remains one of our fiercest supporters and ambassadors. When I state…

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Leadership
8 min read

How to Get Your First Customers and Hire for Sales

Most early-stage startups hire salespeople way too early. In this world of rapid iteration, the impetus to hire your first salesperson is huge. Many founders assume that their product will only achieve a product-market fit with customer input and that…

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Leadership
3 min read

How to Do Anything

Many people, when faced with doing something new that they know nothing about, won’t ever get started. The project seems too daunting and they don’t have any context for even where to begin. In fact, in the very beginning, Justin.tv…

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Leadership
4 min read

What I Learned About Online-to-Offline

Many new online-to-offline entrepreneurs have asked me about my experience founding Exec. “Uber for X” businesses seem to be the startup of the day — it probably helps that on the face they are less technically complex and more accessible to aspiring…

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Leadership
7 min read

Three Stories

It’s easy to recall the things that went well during your startup. Here are three stories about times when things weren’t going so well. In the first two years of Justin.tv’s existence, we had a bus number of 1: Emmett was the…

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Leadership
2 min read

Survive and Thrive

This is an excerpt from the introduction I give to my group at Y Combinator at our orientation before each batch begins. Several years ago my my cofounder Michael and I were recalling the early days of Justin.tv when he…

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