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How to build a strong network

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We use the word “network” a lot in conversation. “You have such a great network…” We talk about networks as if they are a singular asset. But thinking about someone’s network as a singular asset both a.) undervalues it and b.) makes it seem like something that YOU can’t replicate. A “network” is really the result of many 1:1 relationships. …

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Leveraging feedback and generative conflict

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I felt a lot of emotions this week (as I’m sure you have, too). I oscillated between anger, frustration, fear, self-doubt, self-preservation, shame, embarrassment… Those cycles were pretty rapid, too. Anger towards the way our society values black lives. Frustration when I feel like people are missing the point. Fear and self-doubt when it comes to how to use my …

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People invest in lines, not dots

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In startup circles, there is a classic blog post by Mark Suster titled, “Invest in Lines, Not Dots.” Mark is a venture capitalist based in Los Angeles. His point is pretty simple to understand: When mapped on a graph measuring your company performance over time, a single data point doesn’t tell enough of a story for him to make an …

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thinking long term

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You may have heard of the idea of the “10-year overnight success.” It’s nearly cliché at this point, and yet, I don’t think it’s talked about enough. There is a lot of excitement around the beginnings of something. We are enchanted by the potential of a launch. Feeds are full of things that are new and trending. There aren’t a …

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How to introduce two people via email

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One of my favorite things to do is introduce two people via email. It’s so powerful to bring two people together, knowing that they are going to hit it off and naturally find a way to collaborate. And besides the satisfaction of making a connection, it’s one of the best ways to strengthen your relationships. But so few people proactively …

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be the client you want to see in the world

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Between my junior and senior year of college, I decided it was time for me to get some experience in the service industry. Well, to be totally honest, the two (very different) internships I applied for at Bridgewater Capital and MNML Design Studio both fell through in the eleventh hour. So, I decided to learn to bartend and serve for …

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appealing to the discerning eye

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As you’ve probably noticed, there’s a lot of noise around us. HEY LOOK OVER HERE CHECK OUT THIS SALE WHAT IF WE PUT AN INFLUENCER BEHIND IT? ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME NOW? In relative terms, this environment is incredibly new to us. The amount of information we’re taking in all the time is unbelievable — and a huge increase …

the case for support

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Back in 2014-15, I was busy building and running a ticket marketplace called Tixers. A lot of the time, it was really in-the-weeds and miserable work. Not only was it rough work, but there weren’t a lot of people I could talk to and relate over it. So it was during this time that I really became close to my …

going first

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I’m really lucky to be in Columbus, Ohio. Having been in one major city for the past nearly 10 years, I’ve been able to dig deeply into different communities here, and create a good name for myself in a handful of circles. Because I pushed myself to “network” and volunteer in the community several years ago, it’s actually not very …

the hidden risk of taking advice

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Make no mistake, one of the most important factors in my life has been mentorship. But there’s a surreptitious risk to mentorship — and it’s when “advice” isn’t really advice. Sometimes, “advice” is really a veil over self-validation. Instead of giving thoughtful, calculated, and unbiased recommendations based upon personal experience, sometimes people will simply give prescriptive “advice” that you follow …