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My latest project: The Influence Playbook

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Free email personal branding course

I just released a free email course: The Influence Playbook.

The course breaks down – step by step – how to build a professional brand that can lead to a better jobs, stronger network, and a more fulfilled life.

It’s loaded with lots of examples – including many from my personal experience.

If you often find yourself wondering: “Who are all these people have time to blog, run email lists, and build big followings on Twitter?” then you need to sign up for the course.

Get it here.

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September 17, 2015 at 7:44 pm

Creativity in sales

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Everyone said it would be impossible for a startup—especially for a nonprofit with no experience working with the government—to beat established contractors who have spent decades winning contracts. But instead of competing with these contractors, the company realized it could leverage its nonprofit status to win, and signed a $0 contract that sidestepped the usual procurement process.

Source: The 2 Qualities That Make Every Entrepreneur Successful


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July 19, 2016 at 2:40 pm

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GoingVC launch

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I launched a new service to help people get their 1st job in venture capital.

Despite having this lovely WordPress blog, I decided to share all of the details about it here on Medium.


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July 12, 2016 at 12:18 pm

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Marco Arment’s personal brand

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Most people probably agree that patronage is a funding model worth aspiring to, but the point of contention hinged on the strength of Marco Arment’s personal brand. Marco can fund his app through patronage because he has the brand to do so, built over many years.

Source: Nadia Eghbal

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May 27, 2016 at 5:46 pm

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AngelList making a bigger play in the hiring space

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Just saw this job posting: Talent: Business Development job at AngelList – AngelList.

Lots of talk about building and growing revenue in there.

And AngelList doesn’t charge anyone for job postings today.

So something’s happening here…

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April 2, 2016 at 7:50 am

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The Editor Every EBook Author Needs:

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Been spending a lot of time reading books about copywriting, like:

And it got me thinking…

For my next book I’m going to hire not just a copy editor —  I’m going to have a marketing copywriter edit it (well, at least the beginning of it), too.


Well, on any of the ebook platforms folks interested in your book can read the first few pages or chapter as a free sample.

That sample needs to really draw them in so they buy the book.

So it should be written like a long form sales letter.

Hence the need for a copywriter…

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March 4, 2016 at 2:45 pm

This level of hustle is so awesome I can’t even begin…

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Sick of the legacy systems her school used, she wanted to convince the administration to try out Google Apps for its email and collaboration tools (think Gmail, Drive, and Docs).

So, she wrote a proposal and presented it to the provost and the president. When Google got wind of her efforts — and ultimate success in getting her school to make the switch — the company offered her a full-time position on its enterprise sales team.

Source: This Googler works more than 100 hours a week at her ‘dream job’

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February 19, 2016 at 3:05 pm

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If you have the endurance to ride out months or years of little to no salary, working long hours to make up for the headcount you can’t afford to hire, living with roommates even though you’re married and in your 30s now, you just might come out on the other side with something incredible. And when someone calls your startup a unicorn 10 years from now, you’ll smile serenely as you fantasize about punching them in the face.

Source: Surviving Whatever Comes Next – Mattermark

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February 16, 2016 at 11:17 am

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