Welcome to This for That’s first-ever year-end highlights post! This is a great way to see what you might have missed throughout the year. I started writing This for That from the perspective that well-designed and well-managed relationships - partnership deals - are as important in scaling technology as well-designed and well-managed code. I saw a lack of stories and insights online about partnerships to benefit those doing this work. And so I set out to collect and surface these stories and insights. I’ve learned so much and the response from readers has been so encouraging. Thanks to each of you!
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By the numbers
>10X growth in subscribers
Highest-engagement posts in 2021
Five leaders brought their partnership wisdom directly to your inbox …
Checkout.com’s Tracy Meng (fintech)
a16z’s Insiya Lockhandwala (venture capital)
YearUp’s Emily Schaefer (non-profit)
Formerly Cousera’s Anjuli Gupta (education tech)
Career coach Robyn Rapp (career coach)
Longform posts (11)
Some of my favorite long(er) form posts:
Buried deep in twitter are some great deal stories, I highlighted three:
Recommendations for you (4)
There’s little makes me happier than hearing from readers how much they enjoyed a book, film, podcast or product that I recommended in the Grinding Wheel, an infrequent series with recommendations to delight, inspire, and provoke readers. Some are directly related to partnerships, many are not.
(Holiday) gift ideas:
What’s a year-end recap without some gift ideas? And no, it’s not too late to give a gift to someone at work or at home. Even if you miss the holiday season, there’s always New Years, Valentine’s Day, etc. Whenever or whomever you decide to give to, here are a few ideas to consider:
Gratitude: 5 Minute Journal - a great way to support a practice of gratitude.
Writers: online subscriptions can be a great way to support writers. Consider giving a subscription (online or print) to a local or national newspaper. Or a Substack gift card.
Local food: the restaurant industry is still recovering from covid, which some estimates indicate shuttered 10% - 15% of restaurants nationally. Support your favorite local establishment by giving a gift card.
If you’re considering a donation to a good cause as another difficult year comes to a close, consider GiveWell. GiveWell brings a data-driven approach to philanthropy - they carefully analyze and recommend specific charities where your dollars can make the biggest impact on humanity. Alternatively, you can donate to GiveWell’s Maximum Impact Fund which contributes to each of the causes they have identified as having the largest impact globally (and GiveWell takes zero fees).
Coming in 2022
This for That has more coming for you in the New Year. New content formats. More stories, insights and interviews. More recommendations you can use.
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