Getting in touch with a person can be a challenge. First, you need to find their correct business email address. If you have luck with that, you will need to break through the clutter of their inbox or perhaps get through a person’s administrative assistant who may not be inclined to connect you. I want to share an alternative way of contacting someone when you aren’t getting anywhere.
Many executives, founders, and other people have their own personal websites. I think this is especially true for founders and executives at Internet startups who have operated a number of businesses. Some update their personal websites regularly, and others use them simply as a means of sharing their biographies.
What I have regularly found is that the Whois information can be helpful in finding someone’s personal contact information. Additionally, the contact form may also be helpful. By not emailing a corporate email address, it may be easier to get in touch directly with the person I am trying to reach.
One word of caution though. Some people may be annoyed that you contacted them using their personal email address. In addition, sending unsolicited email can also pose an issue depending on where you are located.
It can be tough to get in touch with someone that you don’t know. Using the information from their personal website may be an effective way to reach someone.