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Want to Grow Your Network? Stay Home and Write

Hey Everyone,

Hope you're having a great week. Here are a few things I've been reading and pondering lately. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

1. The Greatest Story Ever Told

No teasers. Just trust me that this is worth reading.

Start here.

2. 10 years of professional blogging – what I’ve learned

A great post from Andrew Chen. These tips are simple reminders to keep on shipping in 2018.

  • There’s always room for high-quality thoughts/opinions. Venn diagram of people w/ knowledge and those we can communicate is tiny
  • Writing is the most scalable professional networking activity – stay home, don’t go to events/conferences, and just put ideas down
  • Focus on writing freq over anything else. Schedule it. Don’t worry about building an immediate audience. Focus on the intrinsic.

3. Inside the Revolution at Etsy

An absolutely fascinating read about Etsy's recent struggles. Can a company balance an altruistic mission with investor dollars? You'll have to read this one to find out.

As Etsy grew, it eschewed traditional corporate customs in favor of a more freewheeling approach. Building consensus was more important than moving fast. Employees believed Etsy could be equally beneficial to buyers, sellers, staff and the planet. The idealism was infectious, and many people turned down higher salaries from other companies to work for Etsy.

Yet for all its efforts to stand apart, Etsy followed the established playbook when it came to financing its growth. Venture capitalists poured some $85 million into the company, making a takeover or initial public offering all but inevitable.

4. How to Relax Before Bed

Easy, just watch Bob Ross videos on YouTube.

You might think I'm being facetious, but a friend recently recommended this and he was right. Enjoy!

bob-ross

Have a great weekend!

Jimmy

PS - I'm looking to partner with a few great businesses to sponsor this newsletter. It reaches a bunch of smart folks from places like Google, Apple, Spotify, New York Times, Marriott and Harvard. Shoot me an email if you're interested in working together.

PPS - I created an email course called 5 Days to Better Content Marketing. More than 300 people have already taken it. You should check it out too.