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Your email didn’t get read, you didn’t get your dream job

There is a 90% chance that you aren’t getting this email because I didn’t actually read yours.

You’ve gotten a read receipt from me because it was open on my screen, but I didn’t read enough of your email to get to the content.

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We had met on lunchclub where I offered to help find you your next job.

  • But, that was two weeks ago, and I’ve met 50 new people since then
  • But, your subject line was “Hello from Bob” which looked like spam
  • But, your open sentence was generic which looked like spam
  • But, your typesetting made this look like a generic request for an investment which looked like spam
  • But, your letter was long and the closing looked like spam

So I didn’t even read the letter. I just had a vague memory of yet another person that didn’t bother to follow up.

Had I read the letter there would have been other problems that we perhaps could have solved, but I never got that far.

So you probably have a more distinct memory of yet one more person who promised to help and then ignored you.

And I don’t know that any of this happened, so I can’t even send you an apology.

But since my blog is widely read, there is some chance you will see this, and despite your name not being Bob, you will recognize the situation. And if you do, please accept my humblest apology and know that I’m truly sorry. And don’t feel in the slightest bit guilty about the truly amazing start-up company that will fail because you weren’t there to help them. It’s not your fault, it’s mine. Mine entirely.

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals


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