First Search

The world's best startup advice, curated and searchable.

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#1 Product of the WeekNovember 30, 2017
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First Search is the largest database of curated, high-quality advice for building startups ever created. We've vetted, tagged and organized 10,000+ articles about every facet of company-building, written by the best minds in tech, so that you can find the information you need right when you need it.

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Reviews

  • Pros: 

    Easy way to surface great articles

    Cons: 

    I wasn't sure where to click to read more at first

    Seems awesome so far. I could see it having some structure based on the nature of the advice offered i.e. who's perspective is offered (designer, developer, VC, etc.) or where there are wholly different schools of thought. This looks super useful as-is though.

    Rob L'Heureux has used this product for one day.
  • Chauncey TK HamiltonOperations Manager, First Round
    Pros: 

    I love that I finally have a go to place to search for the best advice across the web to help the companies we work with.

    Cons: 

    I am biased, but nothing at this time. Excited to keep playing around with the product.

    I've been using First Search for about a month and find myself returning again and again to help the founders we work with find the information they need. I've also found myself bookmarking a ton of articles to read for later - essentially a more targeted Pocket for my own personal career development.

    Chauncey TK Hamilton has used this product for one month.

Discussion

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Maddie HallMaker@maddie_hall1 · PM @ First Round
Since launching First Round Review (http://www.firstround.com/review) four years ago, we've learned a lot about what makes startup advice actually useful — and how hard the good stuff is to find. Most of the time when you Google how to do something, you get a glut of listicles, vague 'thought leadership,' and misinformation. We want to fix that. We're launching First Search to collect and centralize the best advice about all aspects of building tech companies. To do this, we've tapped our community of experts, like Dropbox VP Product Todd Jackson and Plangrid CEO Tracy Young, to send us their favorite articles — and we've combined that with software trained to suss out quality and credibility. All told, the site makes high-caliber content searchable across 260+ roles, disciplines and topics. Check it out today. Save and share the pieces you like. Explore curated lists built by the industry's best (https://search.firstround.com/lists). This is just the beginning. The more people who use the product, the better it'll get — and we'd love your feedback along the way. In the meantime, we want to know: Is this resource helpful? What articles/authors/blogs would you like to see added? Would you want to become a First Search curator? Leave us comment, stay tuned, and get searching! 💥 Edit & special offer: If you leave us some feedback (i.e. content you'd like to see included, improvements you'd like to see made) in the comments here, we'll make sure you see our next big January release of the product early! Some very cool stuff in the works.
Pulkit Agrawal@_pulkitagrawal · CEO @trychameleon for user onboarding
@maddie_hall1 really awesome Maddie -- have been very impressed by the breadth and depth of coverage; how long have you been working on this?
Maddie HallMaker@maddie_hall1 · PM @ First Round
@_pulkitagrawal The product/engineering team has been working on it since last summer. Thanks to the leadership of @kdeggleman and incredible talent of @ldelbeccaro @tedowens and @brettberson we were able to iterate quickly and ship the product. It's truly been a team effort.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Partner, The Upstarters
Always blown away by what First Round provide to the startup ecosystem. this is pretty epic too!
Maddie HallMaker@maddie_hall1 · PM @ First Round
@bentossell Thanks, Ben. We're excited to help the startup community find extremely high-quality, curated advice about all aspects of building companies in this new way! #NoMoreUnnecessaryListicles :)
Stuart Campbell@rhizaboveit · CEO and Co-Founder of Rhiz
@bentossell @maddie_hall1 You didn't think "thought leaders" on Quora were cutting it? ;) Very well done. Much appreciated by founders and founders-to-be!
Maddie HallMaker@maddie_hall1 · PM @ First Round
@bentossell @rhizaboveit All types of content have a home on the internet, but we prefer the tactical quality stuff that's actionable for busy operators :)
Stuart Campbell@rhizaboveit · CEO and Co-Founder of Rhiz
@maddie_hall1 Love it! I'm actually cobbling a "how-to" toolkit for remote/non-tech aspiring founders and would love to add this. Best of luck!
Maddie HallMaker@maddie_hall1 · PM @ First Round
@rhizaboveit Throw it into this suggestions survey when you are done and we can add to the db. I'm assuming it's actionable, quality advice if it's based on your own career :) https://firstround.typeform.com/...
Mohammed Rafy@rafyasarmatta · All things Community @DoSelectHQ
This thing is Gold. First Round Review is my go-to platform to read stuff. Everything is so detailed. Thanks for doing everything. :)
Maddie HallMaker@maddie_hall1 · PM @ First Round
@rafyasarmatta think of this as the Tedx version of the Review :) Same high-quality content from a wide variety of industry experts and sources.
Camille RickettsMakerPro@camille_ricketts · Content 👑 @ First Round
@rafyasarmatta Thanks so much for the kind words! Means a lot to us here.
Aziz Morsly@azizmorsly · Founder Nibduck
love the new platform, congrats to the @firstround team!
Maddie HallMaker@maddie_hall1 · PM @ First Round
@firstround @azizmorsly Thanks so much! Every day, we'll serve up new advice relevant to what's going on in the industry, emerging tactics, and best practices. This is just the beginning. We'd love your feedback along the way (https://firstround.typeform.com/...).
Jenna Abdou@jenna_abdou
Huge congratulations and so much gratitude to the amazing First Round team on a game-changing contribution to the startup community!
Maddie HallMaker@maddie_hall1 · PM @ First Round
@jenna_abdou thank you so much for all your help! I feel honored to get to work with such an incredible team.
Camille RickettsMakerPro@camille_ricketts · Content 👑 @ First Round
@jenna_abdou Thank you, thank you. We 100% could not have done it without you.