Being a CEO has been described as a very lonely job. Today it was made a little less lonely. And it started with a SPAM email from someone named pkiya pooja with the inoculate title of “Have a nice day”.
Whoever pakiya is, he/she must be a very good spammer because as you can see, Google labeled this message as “important”.
The message had about 200 recipients, all of whom were CEOs of VC funded and fairly successful startups.
And it didn’t take long for us to start talking to each other. As of this evening there have been 20 responses, although the original message originator our friend pooja has been taken off the thread.
The discussion has ranged from trying to decode the message (thinking that we are getting initiated into a secret circle) to an offer of a coveted “Ruby on Rails” developer who was leaving one of the companies and needed a new home (you can almost hear the CEOs drooling). But my favorite were the 15 or so “If you are ever in _______ (America, Canada, Australia or even Europe), be sure to let me know and let’s meet up for _____ (usually a beer, but there were also offers of places to work or crash)”.
We eventually concluded that someone had scraped our names from Crunchbase, but we never figured out why the cryptic message.
Some of the CEOs may have found all this annoying, but you can always press “m” in gmail to mute the conversation and not have it appear in their inbox. But for me, it was good timing, and a good reminder that there are lots of other people working really hard every day to try and change the world. And being a CEO doesn’t have to always be a lonely job.