Posts Tagged ‘networking’

Two Startups, The Breakfast Club, and Pure Magic

I just got done attending a Mocavo & FullContact “Breakfast Club” at TechStars Boulder. Cliff Shaw, Founder of Mocavo and fellow Foundry Group CEO, approached me a few months back.   He thought it made sense to get our tech teams together for a long 4 hour breakfast and swap knowledge. I thought it was a…

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You Deserve a Better Address Book

Son, there are two types of people in companies. Those who have good professional networks and bring in new business, and those who just do the work brought in by the first group.  Which ones do you think are the first to get laid off in tough times? – My father, when I graduated from…

CrossFit For Your Contact List

Using the analogy of a CrossFit workout, HubSpot wrote an interesting blog post the other day about how you can improve your marketing through a daily regimen of basic tasks. One of the items on their list was to scrub your email list. Just like many of the exercises in a good CrossFit workout, this one is…

How Contactually Rocked My Inbox

My email filing system is like a grandmother’s basement. Everything is segregated into a Byzantine series of boxes and labels. Items are often mislabeled or stored in the wrong box. The total volume is frightening, and I’m not inclined to take several days and clean it out. But there’s gold hidden in there – important…

It’s Okay To Hate Networking, But It’s Not Okay To Suck At It

Do you hate networking?  It often means you have other skills.  Even we can’t help you if you don’t acquire any partial contacts in the first place.  And, unavoidably, that means networking.  So how do you get past your hatred for schmoozing and bring home some valuable emails and phone numbers? I’m not a gifted…

Update Your Contact Lists for Better Networking

We’ve all known them. Those old timers in the office who know everyone. Anytime you wanted to know who to call about something, you stopped by their desk. They would spend a few minutes flipping through a Rolodex stuffed to max with worn cards identifying contacts and give you a name, a number, and usually…