I'm happy to oblige requests for introductions to people in my network in a very specific way that respects the privacy of both parties. So here's my process -- if I sent you to this page, it's probably because you asked me for intros.
1) The People: It's an order of magnitude easier for me to make introductions when you identify specific people in my network that you'd like intros to. If you just say something like "please intro me to anyone you can think of" then you're putting the burden on me to figure out for you who is best for you to meet. I may be able to think up a few people, but nobody's going to be as able & willing to dedicate the time to figure out who's best for you other than you.
The flip side of that is if you do identify specific people you'd like intros to, I'll make as many of them as you'd like.
2) The Process: I like to do what I call the "blind email referral intro." This means that I'd like you to send me a separate email for each intro you'd like me to make for you. The email should look like this:
Subject: Daniel - re: intro to [NAME]
I'd love an intro to NAME. [Briefly describe why NAME would make a good intro for you. For example "She and I share an interest in string theory."]
Here's a bit about me: [Write no more than three sentences about yourself, what makes you awesome, and why NAME would want to take the intro. If you're job hunting mention that you're attaching a resume to the email.]
I will then forward your email to that person. If they respond back with interest, I'll make the introduction. By forwarding the email instead of doing a direct intro, I'm giving that person an opportunity to accept or decline the introduction, and not burdening them with intros they don't want.
This is the first of a multi-part blog post I'll be writing over the next week that will chronicle my experience raising a $1MM round for AppMakr.
I'll be sharing my learning and experiences as a first-time fundraiser out here in the Valley. My goal is to provide pragmatic tips to help other entrepreneurs understand the process and short-cut the time fundraising typically takes. Think of it as download that condenses 4 months of learning into a series of blogs you can read in an hour.
Be sure to subscribe to the blog if you'd like to get those future posts. Also, we're throwing a party to thank the investors who made this round possible, and celebrating the fact that over 1,000,000 people have now used apps made through AppMakr. RSVP here to join us on 10/28 at 6:30pm. You'll meet Mitch Kapor, George Zachary, Pietro Dova, Ben Narasin and other AppMakr investors.
For this first post, I scored an interview with Naval Ravikant, one of the co-founders of VentureHacks, which runs AngelList. AppMakr went through AngelList, and intros from AngelList were responsible for 54.5% ($545k) of the $1MM we raised. Needless to say, these guys rock. I'd also like to give a huge shout-out to my brother Sam Odio and amazing entrepreneur James Hong, both of whom intro'd me to Nivi & Naval of AngelList at the beginning of our fundraising process.
Here's the video with Naval:
You might wonder why I haven't mentioned a word about WifeQuest 9000 since posting a post saying I'm single. Maybe you've assumed that things are going really poorly, and I don't want to talk about it. That might be what I would have assumed.
The truth is that I've had to wait because of a prank that needed to happen...
After writing that post, I got way more responses than I anticipated. This swamped me with email, especially because I didn't lay out any sort of process for introducing me. So some introductions had pictures, some didn't; some had locations, some didn't; some were directly to me, others directly to the girl, others to both. It quickly became a mess and I fell behind in returning emails.
So, first, if I didn't write you back, or if you introduced me and I didn't thank you: sorry. I got overwhelmed and was traveling at the time. The quality of introductions was really good and I'm grateful for them.