Book giveaway winners announced!

We had 19 stories for the "What's the best/worst networking experience you've ever had?" contest. Here are the stories. And here are the winners: I love this first winner because it shows how easy it is to get huge results. Sometimes, all it takes is one email. (And if one doesn't work, send more.) #3, by Scott Andrew: I've ...

Why is networking a dirty word?

The bottom of this post has a free giveaway. Read on! Everybody hates the word networking. Once, at the dinner table in college, I surveyed 20 people who lived with me. I asked them what they thought of "networking," and 19/20 said they had negative connotations. Networking is sleazy, they said. You can't argue with that. I hate when ...

Don’t Quit Without Asking For What You Want

Indian people don't give a damn about set prices in stores. They are masters at getting deals almost anywhere. In my quest for bargaining, I have vanquished department stores, car dealers, and landlords. But the one place I haven't been able to bargain with is McDonald's. To me, their golden arches represent the ultimate aspiration: To strike a deal with ...

Success and The Shrug Effect

Isn't it easy to point at someone really successful, listing the reasons why he's so successful, but also the reasons he made it but you can't? We do this all the time. We see a famous CEO and point how "he took 5 companies public and got a Harvard MBA." We see a successful children's book author and point out ...

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Your College is Not a Technical School

I went to school with some of the smartest people in the world--people whose knowledge and insight would stun you regularly--but you wouldn't always know it. Maybe it was the guy who didn't know how to pump his own gas, or the girl whose monotone voice and paragraph-long questions made me want to jump off a bridge and stab myself ...

Speaking at an HBS conference this Saturday

I'm speaking at a Harvard Business School conference on November 19 here in Palo Alto on the future of marketing and business. There's a description and, if you want to attend, discounted tickets below. FYI, it's a Saturday morning from 8:30am-1:00pm. If you're still interested, read on... Participants include CEOs, CTOs, founders, entrepreneurs, Wall Street and technology analysts, ...