There are other ways that bias shows up, too. Many VCs won’t take a pitch from an entrepreneur who doesn’t have a “warm intro” — someone known to the firm has to introduce the entrepreneur. This shuts out all kinds of talent from people not in existing social and professional networks. Warm intros are antithetical to meritocracy; it’s who you know that matters, not the merit of your idea. By allowing entrepreneurs to simply come in over the transom, as we do at Kapor Capital, one significant hurdle is removed.
If it’s not a priority, just let me know. Don’t say you’d love to get together…later. Just say no. You might miss something, but you’re the expert on prioritizing your time. You do you. No harm. No hard feelings. But just tell me because knowing I am not a priority for you is very helpful to me and my priorities.
The reason I stopped drinking was far simpler: the IRS put a lien on my bank account because I had failed to pay taxes, which is such a amateur junky mistake. Wait, no, that’s not the reason I quit. Oh, right, my boss told me he’d fire me if I ever went on the air drunk again, which I did frequently when I found myself inexplicably hosting a satellite radio show dedicated to men’s interests (which were, and this is a direct quote, “boobs, bacon, and beer.”) Although, to be fair, that’s not the real reason I sobered up. I mean, I made people I love cry. I scared them with angry speeches about poor, poor me. I spent alot of time unconscious on public transit, too. Then there were all the fights I’d get into, and lose, with inanimate objects. Oh! Yes! I also had this annoying habit when shitfaced of never taking responsibility for my actions. That was a good one. Alcohol, like money, has a way of making you more of who you already happen to be.