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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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The story of why Canva worked: Zach Kitschke shares his lessons from early hire to current CMO

Nov 18 • 01:01:07

Today’s episode is with Zach Kitschke, CMO of Canva, an online design and publishing tool. Since launching in 2013, Canva has grown from an Australian startup to a global company, with 60 million monthly active users, over 2,000 employees, and a $40 billion valuation....

Take your design org from good to great with these principles from Segment to Twilio — Hareem Mannan

Nov 11 • 01:04:04

Today’s episode is with Hareem Mannan, who was a product design leader at Segment for nearly four years, and joined Twilio as a Senior Director of Product, Enablement & Design following the company’s acquisition of Segment....

Instacart co-founder Max Mullen gets tactical on crafting company values and intentionally building culture

Nov 4 • 01:02:13

Today’s episode is with Max Mullen, co-founder of Instacart....

Growing from founder to CEO: Executive coach Alisa Cohn on how to get better feedback

Oct 28 • 01:01:23

Today’s episode is with Alisa Cohn, an executive coach with nearly 20 years of experience working with companies like Etsy, Venmo, InVision, The Wirecutter, Google and IBM. Her new book, From Start-Up to Grown-Up: Grow Your Leadership to Grow Your Business, just came out this week. ...

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Executive hiring is incredibly difficult to get right — Robinhood COO Gretchen Howard shares her playbook

Oct 21 • 01:00:05

Today’s episode is with Gretchen Howard, COO of Robinhood. Gretchen joined Robinhood in early 2019 as the company’s COO and just its second executive hire. She climbed aboard the Robinhood rocketship after 5 years building CapitalG, Alphabet’s investment fund....

Building a hybrid go-to-market motion — GC Lionetti’s lessons from Confluent, Dropbox & Atlassian

Oct 7 • 01:06:05

Today’s episode is with Giancarlo 'GC' Lionetti, the former CMO of Confluent and VP of Self-Serve Growth at Dropbox. (GC also previously spent 6 years at Atlassian, as a sales engineer and product marketing manager for developer tools.)...

Creating physical products and getting feedback from toddlers — KiwiCo’s Sandra Oh Lin

Sep 30 • 58:10

Today’s episode is with Sandr Oh Lin, founder and CEO of KiwiCo, which creates hands-on learning kits for children. Sandra started KiwiCo over ten years ago, after a career with executive positions at PayPal and eBay. She was looking for ways to give her own kids more hands-on projects to exercise their creativity, which led her down the path to become an entrepreneur and ...

How to hire the right marketer at the right time for your startup — Mux & Segment’s Maya Spivak

Sep 16 • 56:52

Today’s episode is with Maya Spivak, the Head of Marketing at Mux, which is ​​an API for developers to build video experiences. Maya recently joined Mux after five years at Segment, where she was the company’s second marketer and its Head of Global Brand Marketing and Communications, as well as a stint at Wealthfront as a marketing director.

In today’s conversation, she ta...

From developer to CMO — Archana Agrawal’s marketing lessons from Airtable & Atlassian

Sep 9 • 56:19

Today’s episode is with Archana Agrawal, CMO of Airtable, a low-code platform for building collaborative apps. Archana joined Airtable last year after 7 years at Atlassian, where she eventually became the company’s Head of Enterprise and Cloud Marketing. She also sits on the board for MongoDB and Zendesk.

We start today’s conversation by dissecting some of the messaging ch...

How to pivot your way to product/market fit & other 0-1 lessons — Rupa Health CEO Tara Viswanathan

Sep 2 • 57:21

Today’s episode is with Tara Viswanathan, co-founder and CEO of Rupa Health. Tara started Rupa Health in early 2018, but the product vision today looks very different from what she first built. As she’ll talk about over the course of today’s interview, she went through plenty of sometimes painful pivots on the path to finding product/market fit for Rupa.

Tara is incredibly...

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