When There’s An Ask.
This is a typical email I get from many Israeli startups:
“…would appreciate a chance to explore a collaboration between us as we’re trying to reach critical traction now to secure a seed round very soon…”
If I am getting this email, so are others.
I can’t help you unless you remove the friction and get clarity from the start.
When reaching out and there’s an ask…
- Research the person you are reaching out to. (Sorry…I can’t help you with legal advise or helping you raise money.)
- Be clear what your ask is. Saying your are looking to “collaborate” or “cooperate” do not mean anything.
- Have a reasonable deadline. If you needed it yesterday, chances are I can’t help you:)
- Propose an initial call. Meetings are not always needed. A call is easier, faster and we might be more done in 10 minutes that the time it takes you to travel from point A to point B to meet, do coffee, and figure out what you need to figure out.
- If the call requires and in person meeting, then let’s meet.
- Apply the relay affect. If I can’t help you with your ask, I may know someone who does. If you are clear, to the point, and succinct in your ask, that tell me something about you. It also helps me help you because I will feel more compelled to make an introduction.
- Help me help you. Add clarity to your ask.
My mission for the Rackspace Startups program in Israel is to #BeHelpful.
How can I help you?