The Lost Art Of Letter Writing And Other Things That Don’t Scale

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I’ve been a terrible friend.

For the past six months I’ve asked you for your email address every day, but I don’t write, I don’t call. I know, I know. You only hear from me I need something. Shameful.

That ends now

Send me your physical address I will mail you a a hand-written letter.  Anywhere in the world.

That’s right. A letter. in the mail.

This limited offer is valid for anyone who reads this blog post or signs up to receive my email newsletter. Is this crazy? Maybe. Expensive? Definitely. And it won’t scale. I don’t care. I’m thrilled to see where we can take it.

Why write letters?

We live in a digital age where communication is global, instantaneous and virtually-free. That doesn’t mean your words, thoughts and emotions are cheap.

In a time of Facebook, SnapChat and Twitter, genuine human connection is more valuable than ever. Nothing is more personal, more meaningful, or more rare than letters by hand.

Writing letters is an experiment in community-building

From Day 1 I’ve craved a connection with startup founders and entrepreneurs like you who are striving to make the world a better place.

Through this blog I’ve been connected with brilliant thinkers and does across the U.S. and throughout the globe. And it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Whether you’re in Africa, Asia, Europe or South America, I want to know who you are. I hope you can get to know each other as well. I’ll consider myself lucky if I have the opportunity to reach out to 1,000 fans in a way that is unique and unforgettable.

Making the world smaller

Some of you know that I spent a year living in India after graduate school. I worked with Lakshmi Pratury to organize the TEDIndia Conference, and in the video below she shares her legacy of hand-written correspondence.

And it was during this time in India that I to fell in love with the power of  hand-written letters sent to family and friends. Let’s spread the love.

In your letter can ask for answers to specific, tactical public relations questions. You can get to know me as a person if you like. The choice is totally up to you.

When we’re starting out we have to do things that don’t scale, otherwise we won’t make real and lasting connections to people who we want to help. I want advance the dialog about global entrepreneurship. Add your voice.

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