Startup Digest

Leadership & Resiliency

March 11, 2016

"The whole world is a series of miracles, but we’re so used to seeing them that we call them ordinary things." - Hans Christian Anderson 

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An unforgettable welcome for your new hire

Every time a new employee signs their offer, the team at Lever records a personalized welcome gif. Sometimes it is the thought that really counts. 

Harvard researchers discovered the one thing everyone needs for happier, healthier lives

It’s relationships, not money or success, that most directly contribute to happiness. 

“I thought we’re the good guys?”

“What happens when we don’t have a culture of self-criticism? Well, we can probably guess from every single other industry that got too full of itself: We’re on a path where we will no longer be seen as “the good guys” unless we make serious, meaningful changes.”

[500] Weeks 5, 6 & 7: The Challenges of Being Accelerated

“Far and away, the most challenging part of founding a company is managing your own psychology.”

Learning to Die

A Benedictine monk on the momenta mori: to have death at all times before one’s eyes. It is “A challenge to incorporate that awareness of dying into every moment so as to become more fully alive.”

Shut Up and Sit Down

Long read of the week: in this article from The New Yorker, writer Joshua Rothmans does a deep dive on the concept of a “leader” in its varied expressions. A fascinating meditation on what the word leader even means and exploration of whether you can build leaders or if they emerge (often as the reaction to a crisis). Well worth the time investment. 

Anatomy of a VC Investment: What to Expect in Your Fund Raise Process

Suranga Chandratillake, a General Partner at Balderton Capital, with a transparent explanation of the phases of a fund raise process. A great primer if this will be your first fund raise. 

Spend Time with A+ People in Other Industries

A simple but smart post from Hunter Walk on the importance of networking with experts outside of the tech industry. More of this please. 

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