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Dear Person I’ve Never Heard Of

I got the following message on linkedin

Hey russell

Could you endorse my profile for the Top 3 skills?

I’ll do the same in return..

Perhaps I have amnesia.

Perhaps any email thread we’ve ever had has disappeared from my archive.

Perhaps any notes that mention you in my notes, files, or online database have been deleted.

Is there a top skill for “Deceptiveness” or “Forwardness” or such?

In any event, please let me thank you for sending me this. I will know in the future to count as a red flag anyone who endorses you.

And thank you for at least spelling my name right. Some of the strangers who ask for such things don’t manage to even do that.

And let me announce my new Unicorn in the making startup, I’m calling it The Endorsement Exchange. If you’ll be the lead investor in it, we’ll happily endorse you for something.

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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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