Author: karlschmieder

I Built a 22,000 Contact Network on LinkedIn. Here’s Why You Don’t Need To. Part 1

TL;DR I grew my LinkedIn network to 22K contacts. You *might* grow yours to advance your career. “You want to have as large a LinkedIn network as possible,” he said. At the time, I didn’t understand. What was this investor was telling me? I’d been on the professional social network for a few years. I’d […]

The Sprawl Trilogy [3×5.4]

Netflix just started airing Altered Carbon. It’s a rad take Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 cyberpunk novel. One of my favorite genres, cyberpunk typically explores how the street repurposes tech, life in cyberspace and off-planet. Last fall, I reread William Gibson’s Sprawl Trilogy – Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona Lisa Overdrive. (Neuromancer, BTW, is credited with […]

Insight Time. Startup Manual. Impossible Questions. [3×5.2]

Here’s this week’s 3×5. I like to work in 90 minute blocks of time, often split in sprints of 2×45. To help focus, I’ll use a timer app: Forest on my phone, Freedom, on my computer, and Insight for meditation. Of these, I find Forest the most useful and fun. You’re growing a (virtual) tree while […]

What I’m Reading

Happy New Year! Over the holidays, I unsubscribed from dozens of newsletters. I was very critical in thinking through whether a newsletter belonged in my email box. Was it helping me stay informed? Was it inspiring? Or, was it wasting (virtual) space? Here are a few of the newsletters I subscribe to stay up to date on biotech, […]