First Round Review –
The new year always presents a twofold opportunity: to reflect on the past and then draw from those insights to shape our future. Every January, the Review’s tapped into this duality to make a tradition out of both looking back and gazing ahead. In what is somehow the seventh installment of our annual retrospective, we’re revisiting the thoughtful individuals and bold ideas that shaped company-building in 2019. (If you’re curious to see how this collection has evolved over time, check out previous editions from 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.)
In the past 365 days, we spoke with the sharpest minds in tech who generously shared in-the-trenches tactical knowledge from their fields, from how to size stellar engineering teams to the emerging design role that most startups are missing. While we can appreciate their brushstrokes of wisdom individually, it’s only when we step back and consider them in summation that the full painting comes into focus. In addition to unpacking the “how” behind their hard-won achievements, the leaders we’ve met are also opening up more about the not-so-glamorous side of entrepreneurship.