My friend Matt invited me to his boxing gym this morning. He’s a newer friend. I don’t know him super well. In fact, while I’ve known him for a couple years socially, it was only the last time we hung out that our conversation delved much deeper for the first time. Over coffee and sneaker shopping (another activity he invited me to that was new to me), we discovered shared passions for writing, technology, and personal growth.
Yesterday, we had our quarterly board meeting. I absolutely love our board. I had this vision beginning a few years ago of one day having a high-functioning board. To me, that meant a group of high-intelligence, high-emotional-intelligence, humble, self-aware people capable of bringing together, through trust and relationship, a combination of complimentary skillsets and perspectives.
Should startup founders go to conferences? Uh no.Credit: Twenty20 @alexandrovphilI’m speaking at a conference next week. A CEO of an early-stage (pre-seed) company in LA emailed me asking if I thought he should attend.My response, which granted is a little simplistic, is below. I thought it might be directionally helpful to other early stage founders; it’s advice I wish I’d been given.Good to hear from you!Regarding your question on conferences — you should prob skip them all.
“Shame is the fear of disconnection—it’s the fear that something we’ve done or failed to do, an ideal that we’ve not lived up to, or a goal that we’ve not accomplished makes us unworthy of connection.” -Brené Brown (She's really speaking to me lately)
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".