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Archive for December 2014

Founder productivity hack: “Call Me”

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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.

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Written by John Gannon

December 31, 2014 at 10:03 am

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Most Popular Posts from 2014

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  1. Leaving Amazon and my first day as an entrepreneur – A big step for me
  2. Founder productivity hack: The open meeting – Saves me a ton of time, and easy to implement
  3. 3 credibility killers for entrepreneurs – Easy mistakes to avoid
  4. How to construct a venture capital investment thesis, Bill Gurley style – Everything Bill writes is awesome, including this post
  5. The powerful productivity hack I stumbled upon completely by accident – No one likes an accident, but I loved this one
  6. The only monthly goals that matter for pre-product B2B startups – Keep it simple, stupid
  7. 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
  8. Being too lean kills – Penny wise and pound foolish is no way to run your startup
  9. 3 Tech Skills You Absolutely Need—Especially if You Don’t Code – Saying you’re “not technical” is a cop out
  10. The rise of the SMB SaaS solution – Yes, it’s time

Written by John Gannon

December 23, 2014 at 11:41 am

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Leaving the runway

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The truth is, if founders knew what they were up against, many would never leave the runway.

via Wiley Cerilli’s Blog.

Written by John Gannon

December 16, 2014 at 12:40 pm

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What do angel investors look for?

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* 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

Pick one.

via Dan Shapiro – AngelList.

Written by John Gannon

December 12, 2014 at 11:41 am

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This wasn’t as risky as it seemed

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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.

via Build products | Christina Cacioppo.

Written by John Gannon

December 7, 2014 at 10:42 am

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(The most?) important product manager job requirement

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Great engineers and designers almost always want to work with you…because you are there for the product and for them, not for yourself.

via (52) Product Manager – Feed – Careers – Quora.

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December 5, 2014 at 4:58 pm

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