Cap Watkins, now lead designer at Etsy, sent 20 to 30 e-mails to designers that he admired but didn't know personally when he first started out, asking them to get together for coffee or a beer. Although only one answered -- Daniel Burka, who was then the creative director at Digg -- that kindness led to other friendships and connections that helped propel his career, he says.

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