Archive for December 2014
The last productivity hack I shared was the open meeting, which I use to help me network with new people without crushing my schedule with lots of 1-on-1 meetings.
Today I want to share what I call the “Call Me” productivity hack. It’s easy to implement and can save you hours per month.
How it works: When someone asks you for a networking call/meeting:
- give them a time window that you’re typically available and your phone number (my windows are the time I’m walking to and from work).
- tell them to give you a try at that time.
No calendar invites. No back and forth scheduling emails. Simple.
Since I started doing this, I’ve found that many of the people won’t actually call. So there’s very little risk of overcommitting yourself if you decide to use this hack.
I hope this saves you a ton of time this coming year.
- Leaving Amazon and my first day as an entrepreneur – A big step for me
- Founder productivity hack: The open meeting – Saves me a ton of time, and easy to implement
- 3 credibility killers for entrepreneurs – Easy mistakes to avoid
- How to construct a venture capital investment thesis, Bill Gurley style – Everything Bill writes is awesome, including this post
- The powerful productivity hack I stumbled upon completely by accident – No one likes an accident, but I loved this one
- The only monthly goals that matter for pre-product B2B startups – Keep it simple, stupid
- How to identify venture capital firms that may be hiring – Not every firm shouts from the rooftops that they are hiring, so here’s how you find where the rest of the VC jobs are
- Being too lean kills – Penny wise and pound foolish is no way to run your startup
- 3 Tech Skills You Absolutely Need—Especially if You Don’t Code – Saying you’re “not technical” is a cop out
- The rise of the SMB SaaS solution – Yes, it’s time
The truth is, if founders knew what they were up against, many would never leave the runway.
via Wiley Cerilli’s Blog.
* Blow my mind away with your brilliant product
* Show me a team that’s so strong I can’t imagine you failing
* Demonstrate so much traction that you’re pretty much already successful
Like most decisions, this one wasn’t as risky as it seemed. If you’re the sort of person who can afford to quit his/her job to make things, everything’ll be okay regardless of how this all turns out.
Great engineers and designers almost always want to work with you…because you are there for the product and for them, not for yourself.