Read This Before Cold-Emailing Me
I have one simple request for cold emails*:
If you want me to respond to your cold email, make sure I can read AND respond to it within one minute.
Otherwise I probably won't respond, or I'll send you to this page. It's nothing personal. It doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with your email; in fact, your email could be great! But I don't have time to respond to every email that I get.
There are only three exceptions to this policy:
If you want to send me a longer email, the best strategy is to first send me a super-short email to see if I want to request more info.
If you are a UCSD student:
*This policy applies only to cold emails; if I contacted you first or personally know you, then your email to me is no longer “cold.”