The other day someone from a service that offers similar functionality signed up for SuperCalendar.
I still get an email every time someone signs up for our service, I usually quickly glance at rapportive and customize a welcome email.
I originally heard about his service from a potential customer who wanted to try out SuperCalendar without paying and pointed to them as an example of a company that offers their beta services for free.
In his case I said
PS I’ve heard good things about [your company] I look forward to seeing your progress.
Shortly thereafter I got notified that his account wasn’t complete so I sent a follow up email to schedule a phone call to update the rest of the info needed.
That 45 minute phone call took place earlier today.
We both shared how we came to where we are today and what we think about the space. [other folk are doing it wrong :)]
It was was great to hear that we think about the space similarly and are approaching the problem in a similar fashion.
We gave each other advice on things that we have learned because at the end of the day we are out to enable people.
I wished him well on the grind that is the startup and that I will be running in the race alongside him and look forward to seeing what happens.
The best thing about having worthy competitors is that they make YOU better. Make sure to seek them out and then run faster.