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Why Promoting Leaders in Your Company Usually Beats Hiring Them

Avoid the danger of filling all your early leadership roles with C-level and VP-level titles

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A long time ago, I was consulting for a company that raised its first big round of VC funding and then immediately hired a dozen VPs away from companies whose names you would be familiar with.




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