August 9, 2007
News & Opinion: The Perfect Pair: Never Eat Alone and Highrise
Never Eat Alone is a 2005 book written by Keith Ferrazzi. The subtitle "The Ultimate Networker Reveals How To Build a Lifelong Community of Collegues, Contacts, Friends, and Mentors" sums up the book pretty well. We have an excerpt on our site from Chapter 17 - "The Art of Small Talk" and here is a video of Ferrazzi speaking at a Microsoft event.
Highrise is the new contact management product from Chicago-based 37signals. We use the web-based application here at 800-CEO-READ and think it is awesome. Using Highrise has finally pulled everyone together with a common way to see who we know and what is going on.
In the 37 Signals customer forum, there is a post titled Never Eat Alone: Highrise's Companion Book? A couple of users feel the techniques described by Ferrazzi join perfectly with 37signals' software. Check out the post.
I find interesting these ties between software and business ideas. David Allen's Getting Things Done has inspired dozens of independent software developers to create code that mimics the GTD principles. In the paper world, you can look at how well Franklin Day Planners fit with Steven Covey's Seven Habits (so much so the two companies merged).