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How to Monetize a Freemium Business

For every successful freemium business, there are hundreds of companies that have tried freemium but failed. Here we’ll be sharing a step-by-step guide for monetizing your freemium business – covering user segmentation and targeting, monetization campaign set-up and best practices, and model optimization.

Convincing Engineers to Join Your Team

Once you’ve found an engineer you want to hire, the final step is presenting them an offer to join your team and convincing them to accept it. This post offers advice for increasing the percentage of the offers you make that are accepted.

How to Hire Your First Engineer

Hiring your first engineer at a startup is incredibly hard. Start by being clear on what exactly you’re looking for. Once you know what you’re looking for, you’re ready to start finding candidates. I’ll go through the strategies available, starting with what I believe is most effective and working through to the least.

Learning Math for Machine Learning

In this piece, my goal is to suggest the mathematical background necessary to build products or conduct academic research in machine learning. These suggestions are derived from conversations with machine learning engineers, researchers, and educators, as well as my own experiences in both machine learning research and industry roles.

What to Do with Too Much Advice

There are now hundreds, probably thousands, of people with at least some experience in startups. Most of these people are willing to help/advise some number of the people who ask. This is a blessing and a curse.

Interview with Sam Altman from The High Growth Handbook

In an excerpt from the High Growth Handbook, Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator, discusses common mistakes the CEO may make as a company grows.

Why Does Your Company Deserve More Money?

The hardest conversation I have to have with a founder is when they’ve spent their 1-2 million dollar angel round but haven’t found product market fit. Unfortunately, I have to ask them a very unforgiving question: why does your company deserve more money?

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