What’s the best way to outsource work?

Scott Britton (Co-Founder of Troops)
The Most Effortless and Effective Business Outsourcing System

1. Hire or designate someone to be your Virtual Team Architect. Find someone who’s internet saavy, like a college student, and invest some time in them. Have them go through video tutorials online for popular sites like Elance and Odesk. There will be some upfront time costs, but in the long run it will be incredibly worth it. 2. Once you have your Virtual Team architect, have them find you a dedicated virtual assistant. Identify the key pieces o… (read more)

What’s the best way to ask for a meeting?

Scott Britton (Co-Founder of Troops)
How To Ask Someone For a Coffee Meeting

[to send a good email …] 1. Intro context: Give the reader context of who you are and how you found them. It’s always beneficial if the context of how you “found” them demonstrates support, eg. reading their blog. 2. Specific context why you’re reaching out. 3. Recognition that they’re giving you their time: When you signal to them that you acknowledge their time is very limited and valuable, they appreciate it. It indicates that you recognize … (read more)

What’s the best way to outsource work?

David Jackson (Founder, Seeking Alpha)
How to hire someone to handle outsourcing for your startup | A Founder’s Notebook

At Seeking Alpha, we’ve found that offshoring is more effective than outsourcing for many tasks. We’ve built an outstanding team of 40 people in India. The core was built by Tova Citrin, who now runs her own business helping companies to build offshore teams.

Scott Britton (Co-Founder of Troops)
The Most Effortless and Effective Business Outsourcing System

1. Hire or designate someone to be your Virtual Team Architect. Find someone who’s internet saavy, like a college student, and invest some time in them. Have them go through video tutorials online for popular sites like Elance and Odesk. There will be some upfront time costs, but in the long run it will be incredibly worth it. 2. Once you have your Virtual Team architect, have them find you a dedicated virtual assistant. Identify the key pieces o… (read more)

What’s the best way to ask for a meeting?

Aaron White (Former technology entrepreneur and Co-founder of Boundless)
Want a Coffee? A Brief Guide for Neophytes | Aaron White

When reaching out to ask for a coffee meeting, be immensely specific about why you want to meet, and what you hope to get out if it. The more specific you are, the more value you’ll get from your potential coffee-partner. If you communicate a clear possible path for the conversation, coffee partners who can’t provide value will self-select out, but even then if your ask is clear, it will make it so much easier for them to forward you to the right… (read more)

Scott Britton (Co-Founder of Troops)
How To Ask Someone For a Coffee Meeting

[to send a good email …] 1. Intro context: Give the reader context of who you are and how you found them. It’s always beneficial if the context of how you “found” them demonstrates support, eg. reading their blog. 2. Specific context why you’re reaching out. 3. Recognition that they’re giving you their time: When you signal to them that you acknowledge their time is very limited and valuable, they appreciate it. It indicates that you recognize … (read more)

Roy Bahat (Head at Bloomberg Beta)
Also, Introductions and the “forward intro email”

A good forward intro email: 1. Says why you want to be introduced. 2. Includes its own context — enough about you or your startup so that the receiver understands what’s being asked. Always helpful if it includes what’s special about your startup, increases the likelihood the person will want to meet you. Attach a file if you think it makes sense (a deck, longer summary, screenshot). 3. Uses only as many words as you need — the receiver is going … (read more)