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3 views: Meetings are bad, yo. Choose emails

Hear us out. It’s conventional wisdom that meetings are killers of productivity and morale and happy work environments. So why not write an email?

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How tech giants are responding to the growing green card backlog

Tech giants including Amazon, Google and Salesforce say that the current green card process is untenable.

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As companies fight to retain talent, employee benefits startups might escape cost cuts

How do employee benefits startups fare when their corporate customers start slashing costs amid a volatile market? We're going to find out if...

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Dear Sophie: Which immigration options are best for a decentralized team in the US?

We just raised a $20 million Series A, and we need to hire more engineers to fully develop our product. We’re excited about being decentralized —...

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How to approach building your first employee benefits package

There’s no "one size fits all" benefits package, and nor should there be, as each company has its own objectives and goals.

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Dear Sophie: Should co-founders on OPT, STEM OPT pursue H-1Bs?

My two co-founders and I are on OPT and STEM OPT. We're all from India and are considering the H-1B lottery. How can we structure our...

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Growth cheat code: Use fractional hiring to stay on plan when cutting costs

The coming years will see a contractor-first strategy become even more prevalent, and small companies will have an opportunity to employ this...

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What downturn? Investors remain bullish on HR tech as the Great Resignation slows

HR tech platforms are still getting a lot of investor attention, despite headwinds at the macroeconomic level that have the potential to affect their...

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Roe reversal weighs heavily on emerging tech cities in red states

The recent increase in conservative legislation and political division could affect the tech landscape, deterring workers from migrating to these...

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Late-stage tech companies must do right by their employees: Reassess your 409A valuations

Though it may seem counterintuitive, a lowered valuation could reap benefits for your employees and your company’s recruitment efforts.

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To fully embrace product-led growth, build a strong product ops team

Typically part of the product team, product ops sits at the intersection of product, engineering and customer success.

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A weaker economy won’t solve the tech talent crunch overnight

Despite the onslaught of bad news, for now, most of the sources we spoke to said folks in charge of hiring are still going to have to shake the...

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Starting up remotely? Keep these labor laws and tax guidelines in mind

You don’t want to be doing a great thing for your business -- finding the right talent in the right location -- and then be hit with a penalty...

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Dear Sophie: What are the visa options for international founders?

I started a startup in Pakistan with a couple of co-founders a few years ago. One of the co-founders and I want to move to the United States to...

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How will tech companies cope with an office-free future?

Depending on your business, your job, and your living situation, the pandemic showed that many workers didn't need to be sitting in a cubby farm...

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The costs of driver incentives are weighing on Lyft, Uber

To understand the driver incentive issue in the wake of Q1 earnings, we’ll first explore Lyft’s situation, and then compare it to what Uber said.

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Dear Sophie: Any USCIS updates on automatic work extensions and premium processing?

My H-1B expires soon and my employer filed an extension. I’m thinking about self-petitioning an EB-2 NIW green card -- what's the latest on...

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Hiring top startup talent on a budget during the Great Resignation

Greylock Partner Glen Evans: “I'm not saying you should overpay or anything like that, but you've got to invest in the earliest hires.“

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An inside look at a Ukrainian fintech startup adapting to life during wartime

Ukrainian IT did not break down — it shrank a little, but it is standing firm, providing employment to people, paying taxes, organizing...

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Dear Sophie: Supporting Ukrainians with H-1Bs and beyond

We entered a prospective Ukrainian employee who fled to Poland in the H-1B lottery, but they haven't been selected yet. How can we support them?

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Using asynchronous video interviews to improve startup recruiting

Asynchronous video interviews (AVI), or recorded video responses, are one alternative companies are using to shortlist candidates while saving on...

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Dear Sophie: What can we do to help employees who are Ukrainian citizens?

We have several employees who are Ukrainian citizens. We want to make sure they can continue to live and work in the United States. What should we do?

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Dear Sophie: Is there an easier route to L-1As and STEM O-1As?

As my Indian company continues to grow, I’m considering coming to the U.S. with my family and purchasing a home. What are my best options?

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4 basic elements required for running production OSS smoothly

Companies need to put many elements in place to use OSS in production smoothly. Here’s how to get started.

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Dear Sophie: Startup visa news, H-1B and STEM OPT queries

My crystal ball says that there is actually hope for a startup visa in 2022!

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Dear Sophie: Should we seek a K-1 visa or marriage-based green card?

I’m a U.S. citizen who has been working in Germany. I got engaged but I now need to return to the U.S. to work. Should I seek a K-1 visa or a green...

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Why startups may want to rent hardware instead of buying it

"Time is the most valuable resource in a startup, so if remote employees can get up and running faster and easier, I can see companies paying a...

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Our startup’s first hire was a fractional Head of Remote

The first hire at our SaaS startup was not an engineer. It might seem counterintuitive, but the first person on board at Wingback was a Fractional...

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