I’ve always found it easier to meet new people if I had an excuse to do so other than “I want to meet you.” So, here you go:
This is a standing invitation: if you want to talk startups & tech, I want to talk to you.
My email address is my first name and last name (no space) at gmail. My handle on Twitter is @trevmckendrick.
- I like getting email. I have never, not even once, regretted getting email from a startup, engineer, student, or person interested in our industry. There is absolutely nothing you can do in my inbox which will cause me to think poorly of you as a person or make fun of you to my friends. The worst thing that has ever happened from someone sending me an email is me being a bit busy that day and not replying. Feel free to send me email. I read all of it.
- I like reading things. If you write something worth reading, tell me. Again, the worst thing that has ever happened as a result of that is that I just don’t read it. All that cost you was a two-line email.
- I like meeting people at conferences. If I am at a conference as a guest or speaker, my explicit goal for being there is to talk to you. I’m easy to spot: 99% of the time I’m the shortest person in the room. Introduce yourself and say “I’m responding to your website’s open invitation”. There, an excuse to talk.
- I like meeting people in Austin. I live near a few minutes south of downtown.
- I like meeting people when I’m on business trips. I consistently find myself in the Bay Area, Utah, New York, and other places in the US. If I’m near you please feel free to say hi and ask to grab some coffee. I try to announce on Twitter (@trevmckendrick) when I travel on business. I do that specifically so that people around will feel free to say hi.
- The standing invitation idea is borrowed (with encouragement) from Patrick McKenzie (@patio11). You should do it, too.