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BuzzFeed cancelled its morning show AM/DM that ran on Twitter after the social media company said it was no longer able to foot the bill. It’s bad news for BuzzFeed, which had been touting that show as one of its successful video productions. Twitter meanwhile held it up as an example of how it could work as a destination for professionally produced video—and attract advertisers as well. But...

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Stop Paying People So Much
Illustration by Clark Miller.
Every startup leadership team wrestles with the trade-offs between growth and profitability. This is fitting and ever shall be. What teams don’t reflect on sufficiently is how a flawed compensation philosophy can make those trade-offs far more painful than they could be. As a former entrepreneur, I know that every venture relies on the exceptional efforts of supermotivated professionals,...
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Illustration by Clark Miller.
Opinion startups
Stop Paying People So Much
Every startup leadership team wrestles with the trade-offs between growth and profitability. This is fitting and ever shall be.
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