What started as an experiment in 2015 has since become a treasured tradition at First Round. First Round’s State of Startups is now the industry’s largest dataset on what it’s like to run a startup with 3,600+ submissions and 190,000+ data points.
In the fifth edition of this survey, First Round expanded the scope of our survey to cover not just founders but startup employees as well. Where do the founder and employee perspectives diverge and align? Where are leaders making progress — and where are founders falling short? With 950 total submissions, it’s the most detailed look yet into the challenges of operating a startup, plus new perspectives on the truth behind Glassdoor reviews, compensation packages, remote work and more.