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Welcome to In Depth, a new podcast from First Round Review that’s dedicated to surfacing the tactical advice founders and startup leaders need to grow their teams, their companies and themselves. Hosted by Brett Berson, a partner at First Round, In Depth will cover a lot of ground and a wideRead more

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Growing a consumer product from scratch to 1 billion users — Google Photos’ David Lieb

Feb 18 • 01:09:30

Today’s episode is with David Lieb, the Director of Google Photos. Previously, he was the founder/CEO of Bump, an app that allowed users to swap contact information by physically bumping phones. Bump was acquired by Google in 2013, and formed the basis for the design of Google Photos, which launched in 2015 and passed the 1 billion users mark in 2019....

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Molly Graham’s management lessons from Google, Facebook, Quip & Lambda School

Oct 29 • 01:16:28

Our first episode is with Molly Graham, a seasoned exec and builder who particularly excels at helping startups to go not from 0 to 1, but from 1 to 2. We’ve interviewed her four times on First Round Review — which might be a record — because the advice she has to share and the experiences she can draw from are unbelievably helpful to founders and startup leaders. She help...

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Upstart just went public — CEO Dave Girouard shares why it isn’t a typical success story

Dec 22 • 01:03:26

Today’s episode is with Dave Girouard, the CEO and co-founder of Upstart, an AI-powered lending platform that recently went public. Before founding Upstart, Dave was President of Google Enterprise, and spent 8 years building Google's billion dollar cloud apps business....

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Plaid & Dropbox’s Jean-Denis Grèze’s playbook for building an engineering culture of ownership

Jan 14 • 56:51

Today’s episode is with Jean-Denis Grèze, Head of Engineering at Plaid, which securely connects your bank to your apps. Before joining Plaid, Jean-Denis served as Director of Engineering at Dropbox, and even had a stint in law school and one year as a lawyer under his belt before diving deep into the world of CS. ...

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Product lessons from Cash App & Carbon Health — Ayo Omojola on going “unreasonably deep”

Nov 12 • 01:11:51

Our second episode is with Ayo Omojola, VP of Product at Carbon Health. Previously, he was the founding product manager on the banking team for Cash App at Square, where he co-created the Cash Card and helped build out Square’s technical banking infrastructure. He’s also a former founder of a Y Combinator-backed startup and an active angel investor, which gives him a uniqu...

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Lessons from a first-time CEO — Steve El-Hage on learning everything the hard way

Nov 19 • 01:32:11

Our third episode is with Steve El-Hage, Founder and CEO of Drop (formerly Massdrop). Drop is an electronics brand that creates products based on feedback from enthusiast communities. Steve and Drop aren’t household names — you’ve very likely never heard of them. But we think his gritty growth journey is one of the best untold stories in Silicon Valley. ...

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Building engineering orgs and new products at Segment, Dropbox & Facebook — Tido Carriero

Apr 1 • 58:04
Today’s episode is with Tido Carriero, the Chief Product Officer at Segment, a customer data platform which was recently acquired by Twilio. Before that, he built out the engineering teams that worked on the core product and the initial business product at Dropbox. Tido started out his career in 2008 as an early member of the Facebook ads engineering team, and went on to b...

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Partnerships lessons from Stripe & Notion — Cristina Cordova on creating win-win deals

Dec 10 • 01:19:47

Today’s episode is with Cristina Cordova, Notion’s Head of Platform & Partnerships. Previously, she was the 28th employee and the first partnerships hire at Stripe, where she cultivated partnerships with companies like Shopify, Squarespace and Apple, built out the BD org, and led their new Corporate Card effort. ...

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Unpacking all the non-consensus moves in Atlassian’s story — Jay Simons

Dec 17 • 01:16:47

Today’s episode is with Jay Simons, who’s currently a partner at Bond and serves on the boards of Hubspot and Zapier. But before that, he had a long run as the President of Atlassian, which develops software collaboration tools like Jira, Confluence and Trello....

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From exec roles to board seats — Anne Raimondi’s leadership lessons for the startup C-Suite

Feb 4 • 01:18:07

Today’s episode is with Anne Raimondi, Chief Customer Officer at Guru, and independent board member at Asana, Gusto and Patreon. Previously, she was part of the founding team at Blue Nile, spent five years in product marketing at eBay, and led marketing as an early employee at SurveyMonkey, before pivoting to operations as an SVP at Zendesk. ...

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