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My advice to Facebook

My friend Noah Kagan is a product manager at Facebook. He just coordinated the rollout of a new Valentine's promotion, which I thought was pretty cool. But I also had some suggestions for him, which echo my suggestions of not getting greedy and trying to monetize things too quickly (see On Greed and Speed). Now, The Facebook has already built ...

Smart People Ask Questions

This is a story about how I learned to cut an onion. After college, when I finally starting cooking for myself, I decided to add more to my food than just crushed red pepper. So I bought some onions and other stuff and started cutting them up and putting them in my food. About six months later, I went to ...

Think in Weeks, Not Years

Trying to strike a deal with a big company is like inviting Hulk Hogan to smash a diamond-tipped rock against your head for 57 days straight. I cannot count the number of times I've been in a Monday meeting, we've finally agreed on some minor action item for the next step (like the company employee sending me a 2-paragraph project ...

Minutiae and toothpaste

Spend all day deciding which toothpaste to get? Or...just brush twice a day and floss?

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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 ...