Get the newsletter · 2018 essays (PDF) · Featured · Recent

Reader question: Why answer questions?

Q: why do you want to answer my questions?
Posted by elty

A: There are probably 3 main drivers:

First, I like being helpful – I know there are problems that folks are facing which, if they had a short conversation, could help them skip months of turmoil. For some very specific topics, like building an ad network, or being an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, I can help with that. And I enjoy it!

Second, writing this blog is very much about honing my own thinking. So when folks ask questions that are challenging or expansive, it gives me an excuse to exercise my brain to come up with a reasonable response.

Third, when I get specific questions from people, it removes the abstraction of publishing to 2500 subscribers where I see the number, but don’t know anyone’s names or have any additional profile information. 

PS. Get new updates/analysis on tech and startups

I write a high-quality, weekly newsletter covering what's happening in Silicon Valley, focused on startups, marketing, and mobile.