It's the beginning of 2018 and that can only mean one thing -- time to assess last year's absurd tech-ish predictions and present you with some more brilliant insights for the year ahead. Sure, I may be 0 for 34 over the past two years, but honestly, I'm immune to failure at this point. Unfortunately, Pokemon Go still hangs on by a thread, Twitter never hired an editor to spell check the President, and Yahoo.com isn't a 301 redirect to Google (at least, not yet).
I’m an equal-opportunity critic, and I’ve already done my fair share of ragging on investors in past posts. Most recently with, “17 Things Investors Say When Really What They Mean is, No“. It only seemed fair that I balance out the criticism by sharing my thoughts on the stupid things founders say when raising money. Here are the things that founders say to investors that are complete Bullshit:For the record, I’m guilty of all of the above.
I’ll be the first to admit it: I’m a sucker for someone who bucks tradition and tries something unconventional and new. In my opinion, there are far too many people who look and act alike in this world. I’m a big believer in that if you want to make your mark, you need to be bold. You need to take a left when everyone else is going right. Yes, that sometimes means that your approach will lead to a dead end or, worse yet, a disaster. But what the hell, at least you went out in style.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".