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Key Qualities of a Good Startup Employee

By Michelle McNamara , Mon 09 Apr 2018

Startups are renowned for having a fast-paced, experimental environment. To be successful, there are certain characteristics a startup employee must have, such as being a self-starter and willing to wear many hats. It’s also important to look closely at each individual company, since each startup has a unique culture and set of values. 

In a recent panel, three founders, including our co-founder Laura Behrens-Wu, shared what qualities they’re looking for in new hires. Laura was joined by Mada Seghete, co-founder and head of marketing at Branch Metrics, and Heidi Zak, co-founder and co-CEO of ThirdLove. 

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3 Advantages of Being a Startup in an Established Industry

By Laura Behrens Wu , Mon 26 Mar 2018

3 Advantages of Being a Startup in an Established Industry

I never spent time in an executive role at a global shipping company. But I did have to deal with shipping as an obstacle when I was running my e-commerce business. My co-founder and I were making daily trips to the Post Office because we didn't have a scalable way to run our shipping on autopilot.

So we built a V1 of the technology that aimed at chipping away at the problem we saw. And now, we're continuing to improve upon it. Since we're out-of-the-box as a company and as founders—and we're bringing a completely new perspective to the market—we get a lot of questions. The most popular being "why should I take you seriously?"

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5 Qualities of Startup Founders — An International Women’s Day Panel Recap

By Michelle McNamara , Wed 14 Mar 2018

Startup founders Laura Behrens-Wu, Mada Seghete, Heidi Zak, and Michelle Zatlyn

Building a successful company is no easy feat. In fact, only 40 percent of startups that closed Pre-Series A funding are expected to reach Series A. So, what special sauce do you need to “make it?” 

For International Women’s Day this year, our CEO and co-founder Laura Behrens Wu joined a panel of female founders to shed light on what it takes to create a new product and start a company. 

Between Laura and the rest of the panel — Mada Seghete, co-founder and head of marketing at Branch Metrics; Heidi Zak, co-founder and co-CEO of ThirdLove; and Michelle Zatlyn, co-founder and COO of Cloudflare (moderator) — they’ve collectively raised more than 338 million dollars for their companies and each employ tens to hundreds of team members. 

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