Nearbound Daily #442: From spooky to inspiring 👻

Nearbound Daily #442: From spooky to inspiring 👻

Micaela Richmond 6 min

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A Halloween Tale 🎃

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Don’t worry, Michael! Only 6 more days!


It was a dark and stormy Halloween night. A GTM leader sat in his office, staring blankly into the pale glow of his laptop. 


A soft *ding* echoed into his empty study, indicating a new email. It was from his boss, with the subject line "2024 KPIs".


It can’t be, he choked. Not yet. Sweat began collecting on his furrowed brow. He took a deep breath and clicked the email open. 


At that exact moment, lightning struck, stretching its bright, finger-like tendrils across the cloudy sky.


He jumped out of his ergonomic chair. It was worse than he thought. The goals were higher, the budget was lower, and the pressure to meet them was as heavy as the thunder outside his window.


He started pacing in front of his IKEA desk. He and his team couldn’t get there with the strategies they’d been using. 


What the heck are we going to do? He asked himself. 


There’s another wayyyyy, a voice responded as if just behind him. He spun around, grabbing the wiffle ball bat his son had left on the floor of his office just that morning. 


Who’s there?! he shouted, pulling his arms up into his best Babe Ruth stance, ready to strike. 


Nearbound is the wayyyyy, the voice sang out again in a ragged whisper. 


A cold passed through his bones as he saw his computer mouse begin to move on its own, clicking the search bar, and then slowly typing:




The page appeared. He kept his weapon ready while carefully approaching the computer.


He couldn’t believe what he saw.


80+ speakers and thousands of attendees gathering virtually just 6 days from now to solve the exact problems he and his team were facing. And he wouldn’t have to pay a cent to attend. 


Who...who are you? He asked more gently, finally understanding that, whatever this entity was, it was here to help. 


But there was no response. Only the roar of the storm and the soft muffle of his children’s candy-fueled laughter downstairs.  


He quickly registered, and then slowly shut his laptop. After all, who was he to ignore the messages of guiding spirits on All Hallows’ Eve?


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Danger lurks in the Metaverse 😨

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The metaverse is gaining in popularity. Millions of people around the world are joining the online universe to connect professionally and personally.


But according to Forbes, there is privacy and data danger lurking in the corners of this new online playground.


Here’s why:

  • To offer personalized experiences, metaverse platforms amass mountains of data about user actions and preferences. However, it’s unclear how it is stored and shared.

  • The metaverse is essentially one big Halloween party. Users can opt to stay incognito or create digital personas. This kind of anonymity can be used to facilitate complex scams.

  • The metaverse acts as a bridge between your online and offline life. This means that actions in the metaverse can have real-world repercussions.

It’s also important to ask how dangers in the metaverse will impact the trust of those who connect with other professionals online. If buyers get gamed in the metaverse, who’s to say they won’t be even more distrusting of other data-driven software, or even professional connections made through LinkedIn?


It’s a creepy potential reality—and one that can only be combated through real-world relationships.

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Micaela Richmond 6 min

Nearbound Daily #442: From spooky to inspiring 👻

Collaboration doesn't need to be scary 😱

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