How to Say No to Coffee Meetings
Coffee meetings could be a full-time occupation for successful serial entrepreneurs and MN Cup founders Dan Mallin (left) and Scott Litman (right). But they actually have a company, Equals 3, to run. With the help of their company’s own AI data management tool named Lucy, they’ve learned to prioritize and say no. Here’s how.
“I do try to respond to them all—sometimes the volume of emails I receive or the AI technology that sorts my email makes it so I never see a request. I try to offer help in broader efforts, speaking to groups versus one-to-one. Leveraging the MN Cup and other institutions that support entrepreneurship in Minnesota and nationally is the best way for aspiring entrepreneurs to be nurtured.” —Dan Mallin
“I get so many requests for coffee that I can’t say yes to all. For starters, I don’t drink coffee, but far more importantly is that one of the secrets to success for an entrepreneur is focus and time management. I average roughly 50 meetings a week, and that time and those meetings need to be focused on my company or it will fail, and then, I suppose, nobody will want coffee anymore. Thankfully, there are great programs like the Minnesota Cup and there are groups like Gopher Angels that are built to support these entrepreneurs. It’s their focus and purpose, so depending on the stage an entrepreneur is at, I will try to guide an entrepreneur to the appropriate group.” —Scott Litman