The Toxic Nature of Email

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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. I have a love / hate relationship with 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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Effective Email Introductions or Why Blind Intros Suck


A well-intentioned colleague introduced me to a stranger via email, without first confirming with me that the intro was welcomed. The Art Of The Email Matchmaking. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. It just happened again.

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Why Email May Be Draining Your Company’s Productivity

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Email. Ah, email. I’ve taken to saying, “Email is our personal to-do list that anybody adds to – whether they know us or not.” I have taken to limiting my outbound email. Yet email seems to be an open invitation to anybody.

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Why You Should Think Twice Before You Send That Intro Email

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And in most cases I would heed Fred Wilson’s advice about the “double opt-in” email for intros – where you ask for permission before green-lighting an unsolicited introductions. And then there is the email blaster / form letter introducer.

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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

Why not share your liquidity success with those who got you there?


Email readers, continue here…] Now, there are three kinds of exits. And those that are total write-offs in which no one except perhaps the bank and lenders receive anything. So, you are close to selling your company, and counting the profits a bit early. Well, that’s human nature.

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Sagewise pitches a service to verify claims and arbitrate disputes over blockchain transactions

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24 hrs) and users receive a text/email notification regarding the execution,” Wan wrote to me an email. If a dispute cannot be self-resolved, parties then graduate to a dispute resolution marketplace of third party vendors,” Wan writes.

Do you want to control your business destiny?


Email readers, continue here…] This moment is to celebrate every action, including shopping for supplies, furniture and technology to support the newly minted enterprise. Write your own Hollywood script.

Timing and why we’re all VCs

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Start writing down predictions about people, companies, and markets. We get at least a dozen at the TC offices every week, which is why we write about books so often around here these days. If I can ever be of assistance, hit reply, or send an email to

Transportation Weekly: Uber’s spending habits, Tesla Model Y, scooters and AVs in Austin

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An email subscription is coming! Harris writes: “The figures, dating back to 2016, paint a picture of a company desperate to meet over-ambitious autonomy targets and one that is willing to spend freely, even recklessly, to get there.

How Entrepreneurs Use Technology to Improve Business Efficiency

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For example, one of the most important things an entrepreneur needs to do is collect and use the email addresses of customers and potential customers. Automated mailing tools can send out emails to different classes of people based on their engagement with the business.

Please map your goal and USE that map!


Email readers, continue here…] So, if you have not, create a concise map for your enterprise. Write these steps down in any form for now. It’s time to speak of some sort of business plan.

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

Tech Zulu Event

One of the hardest things about being a blogger is drawing that line between being a business owner and writing for passion. Most bloggers wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to make a full time income from writing their blog. Write those down and then head over to Google Keyword Tool.

Mangling JSON numbers


We should write an alternative to JSON.stringify that produces an exact representation of our number.” We can no longer write Mustache or Handlebars templates like this: {{! We can no longer write functions like this: function updateEmailAddress(user, newEmail) { // Oops, we failed for user #2^62! var url = "/user/" + + "/email"; // Tries to update the wrong user (and fails, hopefully) $.post(url, post(url, { email: newEmail }); }.

Even a taste of ownership motivates employees.


I discovered the power of ownership early in my management career, establishing an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), once popular as incentive compensation as well as a tax write-off for corporations and even a way to slowly transfer ownership of a company from the founders to the employees.

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Can you overcome five risks and create wealth?


Email readers, continue here…] Are you ahead or behind the market with your product or service? This risk can be mitigated by finding a customer willing to purchase as soon as a proven model is completed, and willing to state this in writing.

Killer Potato Salad Kickstarter Campaign Raises > $41,000


At the time I am writing this, he has enticed nearly 6,000 backers to commit over $49,500, and counting. For those donating at the $20 "POTATO MADNESS" level, Zack will, "write a (personalized) potato-salad themed haiku." So far, Zack will be writing 4 haikus.

Everyone wants to leave a legacy.


Email readers, continue here…] I used to receive a list of birthdays for the next month from my assistant, culling the information from the corporate books spanning offices in many countries. Be honest now. Have you ever thought of what legacy you’ll leave behind?

Everything changes from concept to release.


You may recall that Microsoft planned a new file system for Vista, but pulled the file system from the product before release, and has not released the WinFS file system yet as of this writing, years later. Close. You can take this headline as a rule, not an exception.

How to be a dictator enforcing sales offer deadlines


Everyone who manages a company or its sales force wants to write as many new deals as possible, and is usually warry about doing anything that might threaten the positive outcome of a pending sale.

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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. Saying, ''Hey, we want to pay you to write a book.’

Will your company’s sale be celebration or silence?


And finally, there are the thirty-plus sad exits that were complete write-offs for the investors, sometimes regaining some portion of note-holder or creditor money in the process. First, there are at least three types of exits.

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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.

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

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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. can only point to three examples in the last 10 years of writing where I know that what I specifically said made somebody resent me. If I write about big companies and what I think about their strategy, tactics or ethics – I will have feedback from somebody in that org within 12 hours. I used to love blogging.

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

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I put on an out-of-office notice (see below) and received some of the nicest emails and text messages including from my good friend Michael Broukhim who ensures me that he and his brother Danny still vacation with their parents and Mike & Danny are both in their 30s! (I

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Niche marketing works. Here’s how.


Email readers, continue here…]. Here’s a quick nod to the folks at Colour Graphics for urging me to write this insight. Close.

Why Confidence is So Important in Fund Raising

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Note: If you enjoy my posts please subscribe to my newsletter by adding your email below. She had emailed with a partner at a big VC fund and he had passed the request to a junior associate. This is part of a series I’ve been writing on fund raising.

A Deep Dive into What Has Really Changed in Venture Capital

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These have the benefit to VCs of not cross-collateralizing returns and to LPs of being able to know the underlying asset before they write the check. Maybe add your email to receive the next post delivered to your email box?

Remind Me Why I Love You? (Why “In Person” is Everything)

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I raced home to put my kids to bed, say hello to my wife and then spend a grueling administrative hour doing email. I know you emailed me and I emailed you back. You had an amazing meeting with an investor. Your product demo crushed. The dialog was great.

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Why Mommy Bloggers Can Help Your Business

Eric Greenspan

Some write about relationships and others about sex. They write how they feel and they influence millions. We’ve included a link to their site, an email address (very hard to come by) and a social profile link. You can learn more about our Mommy Blogger list by simply dropping me an email to eric at zodiac805 dot com or contact me through my company at

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Channel partners can be golden for growth


Email readers, continue here…] The most important rule is to feel good about any dollars that go to a Channel partner. Writing lots of Channel partner checks is the right kind of problem to have—it is not a fixed cost and it means business is coming in.

My story: Fail locally, one customer at a time.


I was fortunate that I could write software and doubly fortunate that my despair at working for ‘the Man’ – and feeling compelled to strike out on my own – coincided with the dawn of the personal computer era. By Frank Peters.

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The lion and the ant: A managerial lesson


So the lion recruited a cockroach who had extensive experience as a supervisor and who was famous for writing excellent reports. He also needed a secretary to help him write and type his reports.

The Dumbest Implementation of a Feature – Bcc

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I’ve always thought about writing a few posts on features in products that drive me nuts. We all use email in our daily lives. For the most part you send emails to one or many people and you include them all in the “to&# field.

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