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Culture matters

by jiyanwei • September 9, 2017

When Dave and I started BuildZoom, my perspective on Culture was that it was an abstraction that executives at Fortune 500 companies mull over in order to justify their existences’; I was interested in things like conversion rates, user acquisition, and revenue. After Y Combinator, we raised a small seed round and expanded from two […]

Building a repeatable sales model

by jiyanwei • April 25, 2017

This past week, I got hit with a case of walking pneumonia and couldn’t hold office hours because my voice was completely obliterated. With my voice gone, I asked the class to e-mail me with specific questions and I’d respond on my site. I’ve anonymized these companies out of respect for their privacy and will […]

Advice for designers interested in joining a start-up

by jiyanwei • March 28, 2017

Over the past four months, I’ve been on a mission to find product designer #1 for BuildZoom. Over that period, I’ve reviewed several hundred applications; spoken with at least 100 designers on the phone or in-person; and looked at countless portfolios. Having never hired a designer proactively, there were a lot of things I needed […]

Video Single

by jiyanwei • June 6, 2016

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