How the Hell do I Prioritize Work, Blog & Find Balance?

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I don’t know Ezra yet but since he’s taking the time to blog (which I hugesly respect) and share thoughts I thought I’d take him up on his challenge and also spill the beans on my secrets. On blogging I blog because I love it. I just write.

Blogging for the Hell of It, Not Blogging to Stay Relevant

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I used to love blogging. Blogging proved to be a great way to hone my ideas, have public conversations with people and as it turns out – build meaningful relationships through public dialog that spilled over into the real world. Somewhere along the way blogging changed. There were days where I could write about what I was thinking about Apple or Twitter or Facebook. Or I could just write about life. Fred Wilson said as much in his blog post today, too.

The Toxic Nature of Email

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I haven’t written a blog post in a week. But what has really killed me is email. I live in email hell. And for the last few evenings I decided to get through email rather than blog. I’m always so completely behind on email. Email is a chore.

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How to Get Busy People to Take Action When You Send an Email

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We all get a lot of email. For important emails we hope for replies or action. If you do the math on the number of inbound emails you get multiplied by the time it would take to read them all and respond to those that expect a reply you would be astounded.

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Why Startups Need to Blog (and what to talk about …)

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Blogs. By definition, you read blogs. But should you actually write one if you’re a startup, an industry figure (lawyer, banker) or VC? This is a post to help you figure out why you should write and what you should talk about. Blog on that topic.

Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

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I plan to write about it early next year when we’re all through. Investor emails. Hell, I send those emails. It’s 4.50am. Sunday morning. And I couldn’t sleep. I have much on my mind since I just returned from a week on the road. 5 days. 3 cities.

BLOGGER ALERT: How to Start a Blog and Make Money Blogging

Tech Zulu Event

In this article you’ll discover how to start a blog that makes money. There are four types of blogs; written blogs, video blogs, photo blogs and a combination of these. We’ll primarily be discussing written blogs. How to make money with a written blog.

Should You Blog? (yes, and here’s how …)

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I recently wrote a piece for Mashable on how to create a company blog. Since it’s already written (and since I promised not to republish on my blog other than a summary) if you’re interested please have a read over there. What should you blog about? Most blogs are.

Public and Open Debate is the Highest Form of Democracy (and Blogging)

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And there is relationship between debating and blogging. I started blogging in 2005 and then re-started blogging about a year ago. The most important experience I have in blogging is the debate it encourages. So it goes with blogging. So it goes on my blog.

This is the Dumbest Op Ed I’ve Read in a While

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Having read his latest op-ed on email I know why I erred towards the side of of not loving his book as much as some did. Apparently he’s an “organizational psychologist professor and thinks that it’s rude not to answer email. But apparently Adam thinks any email?—?from email

How to Quickly Build a Customer Base With Lead Generation Tools


But apart from building traffic, what I find most challenging is incorporating a lead capture strategy that will actually generate some blog subscribers. After focusing on your site, it’s time to use an email marketing platform and move on to lead nurturing.

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Ask the Career Expert: “Why Do I Need a Mentor?”


Once you have a lead, compose an email that is smart, grammatically correct, brief, and eye catching. Pinpoint, then Email. If there’s no email for that specific person, call their office and ask for his/her email address. Email The Explorer Blog.

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Why Titles Matter a Lot if You’re a Blogger

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When I first started writing this blog several years ago I had less followers than you have right now. But the realist in me knew I couldn’t write daily nor could I convince you to think to check out my blog with regularity.

From Startup Newsletter To Best Selling Book: How This Entrepreneur Pulled It Off


You can watch/listen to how John and Kyle turned their email newsletter into an international bestseller in the following 9-minute excerpt from John''s recent talk at UC Santa Barbara. an email) to about 35 people. blogging, in a sense.

Putting the Pedal to the Metal at Amplify

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Jason laughed when he told me that he has rattled off inspirational emails to Paul Bricault, Amplify’s managing director, at 11:30 at night only to find an equally enthusiastic response in his in-box five minutes later.

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I Only Have 7 Trips Left. On Managing Work / Life Balance, Love & Family

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I already had a sense of the heaviness (in a good way) of my forties when I came across this excellent post on one of my favorite blogs WaitButWhy entitled “ The Tail End ,” in which the author uses pictographs to bring the succinctness of life and family time to reality.

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Social Media for Service Professionals


Value of Blogging I started the presentation talking about the value of blogging. Tom Peters No single thing in the last 15 years professionally has been more important in my life than blogging. The bad news is that my blog gets about that many new visitors each day.

One Man’s Signal is Another Man’s Noise

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It’s apropos because there is so much noise these days with email, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, web shows, etc. If I check Twitter it’s usually because I’m waiting for a meeting to start and I never write posts during the day. Email. I read 95% of my email.

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Why Lawsuits Are On the Rise at Startups and What To Do About It

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As I write these words I already imagine my next deposition in which I’m asked to read this out loud. Even when I’m not the one being sued I find myself being dragged into deposition after deposition and my blog (along with all my emails) are being served as evidence.

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How to Know if You Have ADD and What to Do About It

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Save it to Pocket, bookmark it, email it to yourself or whatever other coping mechanism you have. And actually if you have ADD you may just want to watch the videos I’ve embedded below because it’s easier to concentrate on that than reading a blog post. Email twice.

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Quick Hack to Make Your Boss (and you) More Productive

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That means most of us are getting derailed from our work four times each hour, maybe more if you work in a high email traffic office.&#. He also write a nice post on limiting email and managing on the important / urgent matrix from the perspective on a recovering ex investment banker.

From Startup Newsletter To Best Selling Book: How This Entrepreneur Pulled It Off


You can watch/listen to how John and Kyle turned their email newsletter into an international bestseller in the following 9-minute excerpt from John''s recent talk at UC Santa Barbara. an email) to about 35 people. blogging, in a sense.

How to Ask for Help, Favors and Intros

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I get these frequently via Twitter, Facebook or email. I provided my email address and he sent me a 688 word email (e.g. I felt I had committed so I read and responded to the email. If I AM an investor, mentor, friend or advisor I accept the email being longer.

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Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010


Startup Company Lawyer , March 14, 2010 Four Minutes In The Morning - Feld Thoughts , September 1, 2010 Ten Crowdsourcing Trends for 2011 - crowdSPRING Blog , December 8, 2010 How New Ideas Almost Killed Our Startup - Vinicius Vacanti , August 3, 2010 Evidence that Facebook Works as Marketing Tool - The Entrepreneurial Mind , March 2, 2010 10 Blogging Tips. Some really great stuff in 2010 that aims to help startups around product, technology, business models, etc.

Why You Should Put Yourself Out There and Try New Products

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In 2008 I started VC blogging. I had blogged when I was an entrepreneur. I went to an industry event where people actually called me self-centered for writing publicly. In 2006 I started using Facebook and most of my friends & colleagues thought I was strange.

8 Tips To Get the Most Out of Your Investors and Board

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So what are Rob’s secret hacks that he didn’t spill in his blog post? . Email updates frequently. And as Rob points out – if you email members with short updates more frequently they are more up to speed when you do need them to weigh in.

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Why Successful People Focus on the Bottom End of the Funnel

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Every night before I went to bed I would say to myself, what one thing could I do to make progress on this hire, which is why people who worked with me on it probably noticed a lot of late-night emails. Business leaders have many tasks to accomplish and prioritizing stuff can be hard.

Why Great Executives Avoid Shiny Objects

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As executives we’re all seemingly accessible at any moment to anybody via email, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Text. People expect blog posts, Tweets, panels, speeches. It’s why sometimes I respond to emails in 5 minutes at other times I go dark for a week at a time. Recruiting, business development, shipping product, writing blog posts, networking … it’s all the same. The modern world is filled with constant distractions.

Document Your MVP for a Developer


You likely are writing your first one of these. Just make note of it in the document and/or in an email when you send it. Towards An Integrated Approach to UX Design You should definitely look at Steve Blank's book and review his blog

Epic Fail: Worst Networking Call Ever


It started when a well-intentioned colleague introduced me to the caller via email, without first confirming with me that the intro was welcomed. During our email exchange before our call, I had to ask the caller what he wanted. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

The Morning After. What Have We Done?

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As of this morning Clinton still holds a lead in the popular vote but even that as I write is only by 0.2% And I want to blame Clinton for using that damn email server but of course I know if it weren’t that it would just have been something else. This is MY blog.

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Why Most of Your Assumptions About Phone Calls are Wrong

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If you follow the tech media you would be subject to a lot of narrative biases that are completely off base – and this includes the value of email and phone calls. billion email accounts. 62% of adult US Internet users check or send email on a daily basis.

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The Harder I Work, The Luckier I Get

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That was back when VCs weren’t so quick to respond to emails. I was thinking about all of this as I looked at the logs from my WordPress blog this evening. I started blogging 2 years ago. I started by writing 3-4 times / week. Overnight success.

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Guerilla Marketing, Brad Feld Style


In addition to the partners’ tireless blogging, they founded TechStars, one of North America’s premier startup accelerators. We write blogs, we do music videos, we show up, we engage with people…we love our product. Write Your Own Playbook.

When in Doubt, Leave it Out (Why Less is More)

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In order to improve the efficacy of my reports I often would write an “executive summary&# as the start that would have one paragraph describing the problem I was trying to solve, one paragraph talking through the options considered and one paragraph with my conclusion.

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