I replied to every HackerNews intro for a month and a half

A little effort goes a long way, and people are awesome

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A few months ago I was reading HackerNews when an entry caught my eye.

Basically you enter your username, and you get matched each day to another reader of HackerNews.

Sounded pretty cool. I got a few email and didn’t do anything with them. Then it hit me, why not just reach out to each and every intro and see what happens? So I began a month and a half experiment.


I tried to reach out to every Kismet intro I got for a month and a half. I would just send them a short email saying hi and asking what they are working on. Sometimes if I had time I would research the social links they provided in their user profile etc.


I reached out to 45 of 49 intros for a 91% reach out rate.

Of those 45 I reach out to 22 replied for 48% reply rate.

Of those 22 who replied I had a good conversation with 17, for a 77% good conversation rate.

Lessons Learned

Little Effort = Big Results

A little effort goes a long way. When I researched their listed social profile, or they researched mine the conversations were a lot easier.

People are Awesome

I had some legitimately good conversations with a few people. Sharing interested advice, and help. One conversation even resulted in an invite to a resturant if I was ever in his town. (Hi Sarvagya Vaish!)

Time Invested < Results Gained

It took less than a minute to reply to the initial intro. The following conversations took more time, but I feel that it was well worth it.

Code, design, cook. Make stuff. Cookies. @BYU grad.

Code, design, cook. Make stuff. Cookies. @BYU grad.