COVID19 is top of mind. Right now the world watches as what feels like a dystopians novel unfolds before our eyes. Many are scared and figuring out what to do.
Like most things, this started small. Now it’s a tidal wave cresting across the globe. When in turmoil and stress I always advise people take action. Sometimes a small step can help, no matter how tiny it feels. While everyone is focused on how the virus will impact millions, I am trying to think through small actions that can positively do the same. I am anxious about the future, but feel lucky and grateful at the same time – trying to focus on positive. Starting today I am starting a series of experiments to help others and bring people together. Here is what I am going to do;
- Office hours – my focus is on early stage founders, but any topic is fair game. Happy to give feedback, or be a sounding board.
- Virtual coffees (or drinks??) – random people, random topics – random platforms (preferably that open with a link)
- Games – let’s play! I got into computers/tech through gaming and love playing games. I think the casual “third place” games provide are great. This isn’t about pitching in Fortnite, this is about having fun and socializing. If you have a startup great, if not, great!. As long as it’s multiplayer and has chat, I’ll probably be in.
- Virtual worlds/Synchronous Virtual events – got a thing going on? Invite me. Want to spend time virtually working together? Remote hackathon? You probably don’t want me coding but at the very least I can help promote it.
Why do this? I started this blog to experiment, and I have met and learned a lot of interesting people along the way. Also, the best founders, entrepreneurs, and operators are still out building. If I can help them find the best ways to meaningfully connect with each other and know which investors are active, then I have done something in the chaos. It is also my way of taking action (taking my own advice). In some ways this is all new scary territory, in other ways it’s familiar to keep doing what has brought me this far.
Perhaps it’s my way of coping, but it has served me well so far. Please join me or reach out @ericfriedmanTags: Covid19