First Search

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


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.

11 Reviews
Lijo Isac
Chauncey TK Hamilton
Jack Krawczyk
 +40 reviews
  • Chauncey TK Hamilton
    Chauncey TK HamiltonOperations Manager, First Round

    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.


    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.
    Comments (2)
  • Pros: 

    Easy way to surface great articles


    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.
    Comments (2)
  • Pros: 

    Very comprehensive. Easy to use!


    None so far. Will keep using it over the next weeks to check it out some more.

    Must have taken quite a while to build this. amazing. Thanks for doing this for the entire StartUp community. This will sure save some time. Better then just gooogling and having to click thru a ton of not so good articles!

    Laurens Laudowicz has used this product for one day.
  • Hrefna Helga (Habbi)
    Hrefna Helga (Habbi)Product manager, Promogogo

    high quality relevant content only, clean look, no annoying popups


    since you're asking, nitpicky comment: find this half-opening articles a little annoying, quickly get around it by opening links in new tab

    blown away – "internet sans garbage!" (you can use that tagline if you want)

    top marks, have already shared this with my product manger friends

    love that this exists, and find this so important in our era of bizarre media reporting

    Hrefna Helga (Habbi) has used this product for one day.
  • Try Studio
    Try StudioTry something. Teach someone. Repeat.

    Curated Data


    It'd be great to be able to clear a topic from the topic's H1 in order to see all or return home (rather than using the main nav)

    I have loved getting the First Round Review emails in my inbox; it's one of the only emails that I wait to open until I'm ready for a lesson in ... whatever goodness they've tucked inside.

    On first look, the new search platform works like a charm. Looking forward to having such a valuable resource available!

    (Con included above because one is required. The platform so far is lovely. Great work!)

    Try Studio has used this product for one day.
  • Whitnie Low
    Whitnie LowHelping @FirstRound founders

    Focus on tactical advice, solely for startups, can't search like this anywhere else on the web!


    We're early... there are many more features, filters, and subjects that I'm sure we're missing!

    I'm on the First Round team -- curious what features folks feel are missing or want to see!

    Whitnie Low has used this product for one month.
  • Jordan Long
    Jordan LongFounder of

    Easy to find great quality content. I love how I don't have to use Google for advice.


    There is a lot of great content, but no streamline way to learn it all. I wish there were curated classes and more of a focus on learning.

    I am interested in the learning process-- not the education. There doesn't seem to be a great learning experience here, only a content consumption process. Curated lists are a step in the right direction, but I want to be able to easily scroll between chunks of content without having to go back to the site. Let me know if you want more input.

    Jordan Long has used this product for one week.
  • Atit Danak
    Atit DanakProblem Solver. Xtreme Sports Rookie.

    Smooth. Good content.


    No Twitter sign-in. It is a great tool for tech world with so many people being active there. Would reconsider including it for sign-up/in.

    There is much for ecosystem enablers/investors to learn from First Round. This another great approach to solving a known issue.

    Atit Danak has used this product for one day.
  • Pros: 

    A lot of articles, very comprehensive


    everything works good

    Thanks for building this amazing collection guys!

    Aita has used this product for one month.
  • Happo
    HappoContent Creator, Happo

    Perfect to search for tech specific articles rather than scouting Google


    Haven't found any yet!

    Looking forward to using it to produce more content on

    Happo has used this product for one day.
  • Pros: 

    Easy to find valuable content pertaining to any specific topic


    Interface can be designed better

    Maybe a mobile app in the future?

    Murali Thiyagarajan has used this product for one week.