Several months ago, I wrote a post about family planning in a startup. I wrote another post about what it was like to be out on mat leave. I failed to write a post about heading back to the office after having a kid. For those who have been asking for i…this one is for you. As an American in Canada, it’s still striking how much longer the Canadian maternity leave is. For the vast majority of people, having a year of leave vs. a few weeks is a colossal win.
As an American in Canada, itâ€™s still striking how much longer the Canadian maternity leave is. For the vast majority of people, having a year of leave vs a few weeks is a colossal win. The part where itâ€™s much trickier is around how you slot back in after the year is up. And this is particularly tricky when youâ€™re coming back to a startup. People say a year of startup is like three years anywhere else.
The VCs on your board are up in your shit. It’s been six months since they not-so-subtly suggested that you get some more senior talent around the table. At first, it was a gentle discussion about scale and the impact the people who have been there/done that can have on a growing team. Sometime around the three-month mark, it turned into introductions and coffees that you didn’t ask for. And now, around six months, it’s no longer a suggestion.
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 Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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".