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An Open Letter to Simon and Schuester CEO Carolyn Reidy

Hi Carolyn,

Sit down before you read this.

We've got to talk.

Look. This is going to piss you off. This is going to look like I'm causing problems.

I'm not causing problems. I'm just pointing out where problems already exist.

What is NOW the Perfect Time For?

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In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell talked about how in certain industries, the leaders all have clustered birthdays within a few years. They grew up, and right when they hit that sweet spot of maximum freedom and minimal responsibility, along with a budding industry, they started their companies. Bill Gates, Gladwell argues, created a software company at possibly the best time ever to start a software company.

Sure, they were smart and persistent and revolutionary, but that wouldn't have done them much good if they weren't in the right place at the right time.

Okay. I'm smart and persistent, you're smart and persistent, so what is now the perfect time for? I have a few ideas, influenced heavily by my sphere of awareness.

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