For talented people, there’s always a better job out there. That’s not to say you don’t need to be competitive if you want to work with good people. But just striving to pay above-market salaries and provide great benefits doesn’t cut it. Actually it misses the point.
Over the past year and a half Conspire has built and refined a powerful networking tool. Our users have found warm intros to employers, investors, sales opportunities and potential partners.
We’ve learned a lot in that time about our users and about the resource that powers Conspire: the email graph. One thing we’ve heard and observed consistently is that users are most successful when they approach Conspire with a clear purpose and a well-defined target.
In the coming months, we’ll introduce a new, more purposeful, focused Conspire that centers on the things our users want to accomplish. Instead of asking you who you want to meet, we’ll show you where the opportunities are and how to access them. Much more on that soon.
Killing features is hard. We put lots of time and effort—and a good dose of emotional energy—into creating and nurturing them. But even brief hesitation to excise an underperforming feature can be costly.
Think about it: If you ship four features a month and you have a hit rate of 25% (which is high; I’ll come back to this), waiting even two months to kill underperforming features means you’re supporting 75% × 4 × 2 = six dead-weight features at any given time.
1958 was his year.
After slaving away in his tool shed-turned-laboratory cooking his way into the food business, Momofuku Ando invented instant ramen and shook the 3am college dorm food market (kidding, way more than that), turning it into a company worth billions. He was 48 years old.
We recently launched a Chrome extension to expose useful data to our users while browsing LinkedIn, Angellist, and Gmail. Quickly, requests through the plugin grew to dominate the load on our servers. The bulk of these were through Gmail, as we query our graph to expose common contacts with the sender for every email message you open – lots of passive load. The performance of the extension grew sluggish and the load meaningfully impacted other areas of our application. We had a problem.
“Everyone you want to work with EVER is busy.”
If you’re someone who needs to figure out who you know to get to the next person you want to know, Conspire helps you do that. With over 70 million people connected to Conspire, we get better the more we grow, so tell your friends #WhyIConspire so we can make it even better.
Thus far, here are five profiles of some of our most active users:
I used to be a night owl.
Since having a child, my day starts much earlier than it used to and I don’t need an alarm clock. My son is just over two years old and will start making noise in his room between 6:30 and 7 a.m. I’ve become accustomed to that and typically wake up around 6:15.
The first few hours of my day play a big part in determining how the whole day will go. So I try to make them count by being efficient but not rushed. The first thing I do is check email on my phone. (I know, I know — I shouldn’t do that, and I shouldn’t even have my phone in the bedroom. I can’t help myself.) Barring anything unusual, I wait to respond to emails until I get into the office.