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Similar analogy: to the VC, a meeting or an email is just one more task or event to get through during the day. But to the entrepreneur sitting across the table or sending you an email, it could be the most important day of his life.

I read this in a comment on Fred Wilson's blog, and it has stuck in my head. It's nice to see that you replied to the guy and will give him a chance.

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Extreme analogy: I sent a polite proposal to Accel (James Breyer at jbreyer@accel.com)...I got a return email with only the word "REMOVE" in the subject heading in return. Very classy outfit, Accel.

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David -- thanks. Just thanks. Thanks for being a VC who's a big enough man to admit that he made a simple human mistake. Needless to say, I wouldn't be saying this if such circumstances weren't so rare.

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I like this blog post that talks about the myth of Inbox Zero and why it's interesting but not attainable: http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2010/03/19/inbox-zero-myth/

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