Saturday, December 14, 2013
Email Introduction Etiquette
The best advice is well-reasoned advice, as we see from a short piece on the above subject at 42Floors:
The reason you send a fresh email is that you want Mark the Advisor to be able to forward it from his mobile phone without having to delete all the content from your previous conversation. This also gives you a chance to succinctly describe your startup exactly the way you want it to be heard...I enjoyed reading this and will find it quite useful.
"Would it be too much to expect a simple 'you did build that' from a senator put in office by the Tea Party?" -- Yaron Brook and Steve Simpson, in "'You Didn't Build That,' Conservative Style" at Forbes
"This distinction between supply-side and demand-side perspectives on the economy proves invaluable in many ways -- especially as it pertains to optimal investment strategies -- but it's also relevant to accurately measuring and interpreting the true, existential status of the latest U.S. expansion (2009-2013)." -- Richard Salsman, in "The U.S. Economy Hits Its Stride -- on the Supply Side" at Forbes
"Kids should leave childhood with two things: (1) a sense of being loved, and (2) the ability to think." -- Michael Hurd, in "Four Tips for Good Parenting" at The Delaware Coast Press
"The term ['fragile'] gives emotions more significance than they merit..." -- Michael Hurd, in "Are You Fragile?" at The Delaware Wave
"Expand immigration without citizenship." -- Harry Binswanger, in "Let's Call the Democrats' Bluff on Immigration" at Forbes
"It is the increasingly socialized atmosphere of medicine that has created this scenario that puts physicians in a financial stewardship position creating a conflict with their role as an advocate for their patients." -- Amesh Adalja, in "Medicare Has Chained Us Together, Reliant on End-of-Life Government Rationing" at Forbes
"To fully defeat [ObamaCare], we should reject the core idea that self-sacrifice is our moral duty." -- Peter Schwartz, in "The Opponents of Obamacare Are Completely Missing the Point" at Forbes
My Two Cents
I particularly admire the way Binswanger combines an incisive examination of the positions of each of the two major parties with a not-impossible-now first step towards establishing a rational immigration policy.
Twenty-Six Emails vs. One Call
The cartoon heading the first article linked today is an amusing reminder that new tools are just that. Sometimes, the "old" way of doing things can be quicker, particularly when the best way to use the new tool hasn't been established or made widely known.