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How to build your leadership team when scaling past 50 employees; Designing next-gen compensation packages; Career resilience & More
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Welcome to Femstree't’s life online. I’m Sarah, still recovering from an epic Slush in Helsinki and this is the 249th edition of Femstreet. If you enjoy this issue, please share it with your friends and like it above.
A year after becoming the first unicorn in women’s and family health, Maven Clinic, founded by Kate Ryder, raises $90M at a $1.35B valuation. Carolynn Levy, inventor of the SAFE, on the five-page document that underpins much of early-stage venture capital today. Singapore-based iGlobe Partners co founded by Koh Soo Boon raised a new $200M fund. Elizabeth Holmes has been sentenced to over 11 years in prison. Goldman Sachs paid over $10M to bury Partner's claim of sexist culture. 4 ways to survive Titanic.Take control of your mind: Whether you’re dealing with the crypto winter, a looming recession, here are some things you can do to get through it all. Epic coaching and management frameworks. Is the Generative AI hype inflated? Getting along with difficult people at work. Following FTX, the flight to self-custody is here.
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Questions to ask a potential co-founder
Why do so many co-founders develop strained relationships? It’s not necessarily the stress of the startup environment, misaligned visions, or incompatible communication styles. It’s a failure to understand the nuanced dynamics of partnership in the first place. How do you begin to learn about a potential co-founder’s relationship résumé?Human Venture’s Esther Perel on how to create space for profound understanding of each other’s relationship dynamics…Read more.
Why career resilience is more important
Job risk is understandably top-of-mind…but what if we’re thinking about risk in the wrong way? There are two types of professional risks: Job risk is the odds that your job will disappear, and career risk, the odds that your career will be worse off. Job risk can be random, but career risk is in your hands. What gets overlooked is that no matter which choice you make, your career and equity upside come from the road ahead. Linda Zhang on assessing risk when making your next move…Read more.
How to master outbound sales without a BDR
One of the biggest mistakes Seed-stage founders make is hiring BDRs too early in hopes the addition of a dedicated outbound sales team will help produce and close more leads. What founders don’t realise is that hiring, training, and managing a BDR team is a heavy and time-consuming lift. Jessica Lin of Work-Bench outlines how seed-stage enterprise software startup founders can conquer founder-led sales all before hiring a fleet of BDRs…Read more.
Beyond the search bar
Constant connectivity and instant access to information can be exhausting byproducts of our internet-native existence. Google became ubiquitous due to its unique ability to organise the world’s information. Emerging forms of search expose new avenues for curation and for interacting with information. Voltron Data’s Morgan Mahlock explores new exciting mediums for search and curation…Read more.
Designing total compensation package with flexibility
People are shifting from selling their skills and time through traditional employment to building a portfolio of work as independent contractors. We’re moving toward a future of salary ranges in every job description. How can we balance out compensation to motivate employees in both the short term and long term? People Ops advisor Mary Jantsch shares how you can design more flexible comp packages…Read more.
Scaling past 50 employees
Your company grew past 50 employees within the last year and it feels like messy shit show? There is no single exec you can hire that will solve all the problems for you. If you are a learner CEO (doing this for the first time), you get one learner leader “bet” on your direct team, and the rest should be guides to avoid a bunch of painful mistakes. That “bet” should be in your area of competence and focus. Lambda School’s former COO Molly Graham on the most common mistakes that learner CEOs make when hiring leaders…Read more.
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