"UNDELIVERABLE," tutted my 'system administrator'.
Okay, I thought, let's try firstname.lastname @ his URL. That's a format sometimes used.
"UNDELIVERABLE," shouted the sys admin, getting irritable now.
Cursing lowly under my breath, I went to the company's website to look for the email address.
30 seconds in, I realised my mistake -- this is an Irish website! There is no section on 'Who We Are', let alone individual contact details!
Off to Google, then, to search for his email address. Nothing in the first 20 results, despite plenty of mentions in associations, organisations and other vanity projects.
In the end, I had to do what thousands of Irish people end up doing: I rang the company, spoke to a receptionist and asked for his email address.
"Hold on a minute, I'll just see if I can give that out," said the receptionist. One minute on hold. Two minutes on hold.
Finally: "yes, hello? Yes, his email address is…" And I got it.
(And the combination? It was firstname_underscore_lastname @ URL. Pathetic.)
This person represents himself as an up-and-coming technology industry player. Yet he's not on Twitter. He's not on Facebook (that I can find). And his email address is not on his company's website. And his email address cannot be guessed according to the usual rules.
My advice to him? Put your damn email address on your website.