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How to run a startup effectively

If your business is up and running, we have put together resources to help you understand the different metrics you need to monitor for the health of your business and how to effectively function as a CEO or senior executive of a business.


  1. Settings goals and KPIs

YC Partner Adora Cheung covers the importance of defining and tracking KPIs to understand how effectively your startup is reaching your goals.


  1. KPI framework

Key Performance Indicators, or KPIs, are the metric that many marketers turn to in order to evaluate the factors that will help ensure the success of their business. Markets are constantly subject to change, and with that in mind, Google shares their thinking behind KPIs.


  1. Types of meetings in startups

Many people think startups should be devoid of most meetings. In large companies, people have meetings just to discuss other meetings. At a startup, it should be all doers and not administrators. Even with doers, meetings are important for alignment, communication, and calibration. This brief article covers some ideas for types of meetings in startups.


  1. Run better meetings

Meetings slow things down. They lose focus fast. They recur on calendars with plodding and unnecessary regularity — inspiring dread and dimming everyone’s energy. This happens because people feel like they need them. Most of the time they don’t. But sometimes they do. There’s no getting around board meetings, all-hands meetings, and one-on-ones (in fact, you really shouldn’t want to). What you can change is how you run them.


  1. Master the Team meeting

Business meetings aren’t always enjoyable, but they are key to moving a team forward. Julia Austin offers tips for making the most of your meeting time.


  1. How to run an efficient and effective All Hands meeting

Insight and advice from a founder about how to run an effective All Hands meeting and why it’s worth investing the time to make this meeting the best it can be.


  1. 1:1 Meeting Template

The team at Lighthouse has great content for building leadership skills. Here’s their take on 1:1 meetings.


  1. 1:1 Question bank

The team at First Round did a great job compiling and sharing a list of questions for 1:1s that span five categories: Self-reflection, identify some topics, understand the issues, develop long-term goals and deliver better support.


  1. Master the 1:1 meeting

The one-on-one meeting between supervisor and staff is an invaluable tool for managing but requires much attention to detail. Julia B. Austin explains best practices for getting the most out of the 1:1.


  1. How to Run A Quarterly Product Strategy Meeting

As companies grow, one of the critical challenges is to keep everyone aligned. Product strategy helps employees to stay on the same page. Learn from Netflix how the company effectively does this.


  1. The role of the CEO: managing yourself

This comprehensive guide covers three key tactical duties of a CEO that often go under-discussed: how to manage yourself, your reports, and your board of directors.


  1. How to lead

To succeed in building a big company in the long-term, founders must become good at leading, motivating, and retaining great people. Ali Rowghani, YC Partner and CEO of the YC Continuity Fund, takes from his experience working with great leaders to share his three observations on leadership.


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