Advice on advice

Most people tell you that you have to be willing to take advice. This is true. But, there are two other factors that are, in many ways, more important. You have to be ready and able to take it, too. Ready means that your vision is defined well enough to meaningfully interpret someone else’s words about it. Able […]

WRAPPING UP THE WEEK OF 3/12/17

Five posts this week, including three offering advice. The thing that’s working best is to write about the topic of the moment. Life’s fluid right now, so my post topics need to be as well. That’s O.K. — I’ve liked what I’ve been writing. Still, next week, I plan to write about the electronic programming guide I’ve mentioned  several times. It’s an […]

Advice on monetizing the pitch

I’m polishing the cold email — again. I’m reminded, yet again, about how hard it is to pitch innovation, big or small. The light of day has reminded me that I need to tie the business cases I mention to some market numbers that demonstrate their financial significance (i.e., how BIG they are). This is easily forgotten when it […]

Advice on editing tone

Some emails and documents are weighty and important. Write them, put them aside, come back to them. Do it again, and again. You’re not editing for accuracy here. You’re editing for punchiness (is it quick to read?), context (have you said too much?), and humor (do you sound like someone who’s upbeat and good?).  In other words, you’re editing for tone […]

Snow storm

They called off the blizzard warning. New York is awake and slow today. The Starbucks on 85th and Lexington is open. It’s not packed, but it’s got a steady stream of customers. There are plenty of footfalls on the street, and shovels scraping some sidewalks. The busses are running, too. The snow seems to have given way to […]

Advice on cold emails

I think I’ve written a great cold email pitch. I based it on some blog posts about cold emails. Here are a few of the links I used to develop a strategy: Steve Blank (famed professor) on getting meetings Michael Seibel (investor) on cold emails to investors Hacker News comments on Seibel’s advice (interesting tidbits throughout) Claire Fauquier (investor) on […]

Wrapping up the week of 3/5/17

Time flies. I wrote two real media analyses posts this week, one observational one, and was too busy to sit and scribble anything yesterday. I’ve been talking with some folks about our latest-and-greatest pitch. The discussion is night and day from prior ones. The simple reason is that I’ve stopped trying to pitch technology. I’m now pitching a […]