comes from employee #2, practically the co-founder: Marco Arment
This post from employee #2 at Tumblr defines the appreciation that every founder aims aspire for
Source: Sports Illustrated
New York strips you of prejudices like no other city. You don’t start loving those different from you — you stop caring that they are. — Max Levchin
As Facebook continues its expansion to be the largest internet service of all time, Facebook maybe losing the battle to Google in one of its core drivers of user growth, open standard for authentication or “OAuth”. From July 2012 to March 2013, Facebook Connect appears to be losing ground to Google Connect at an alarming rate due to losing user trust and preventing “spamming” a user’s Facebook friends.
If you’re thinking about sending that “rah rah”, I’ll convince this person and inspire them to “believe in my cause” email, please stop right now. You can never “win” an email.
In business, and life, there are countless moment when we need to “win” someone over. Whether it be persuading someone to perform an action we desire, convincing someone to help you when they have little to gain in return, or imploring someone to “take that leap of faith”. All of these instances require the ability to inspire. They require you - the speaker/writer - to alter another human beings way of thinking, and “win” them over to the manner in which you desire.
This visceral reaction must manifest in person. It requires eye to eye contact, smiles, palpable passion, and an articulation of thoughts that requires the listener to say, “I believe in this person”. Those subtleties can only be achieved in person.
The benefit of writing is that one has the ability to edit and coherently pace their thoughts on their own time. Yet with this perceived benefit of text, one loses the empathy gained through listening and talking. Is it more difficult in person? Of course. But because it is more difficult it is all the more inspiring for both parties, if you can successfully win that person over.
In the past two years, as a startup founder, the number of opportunities I’ve had in which I needed to win some over have been countless. I, admittedly, used to send emails where I would spill out my passion for my company, and implore people to believe like I did. When choosing email as the preferred method of inspiration one’s passion can easily be misconstrued for hysteria. Those emails I invariably sent, were met with middling success.
Of late, my focus in any email, is to remain brief and intriguing enough to generate an in person meeting. A brief email with key points is both respectful and actionable. It is then, in person, where one can let their passion and expertise shine - and in all likelihood win that person over. Those are the moments where partnerships are made, team members join, and companies are forged. Putting yourself in the best position to win these moments is paramount for any founder, and that position cannot be at your computer.
life is a cumulative game, where one experience leads to the next. Keep pushing yourself. Don’t settle for a ‘meh’ job. Be willing to jump up on the table and say “we can do better.” Because the only thing I know for sure is that the best way to become an overnight success is realize it takes thousands of overnights. - Hunter Walk