I recently attended several events around Tech Crunch Disrupt in San Francisco. I generally had a good time and met several inspiring people – founders,innovators, investors, and beyond – from around the world. However, every evening as I made my way home (the drive from SF to Mountain View gives you plenty of time to ponder), one thought stuck out to me as I took stock of the day – on average, when it comes to networking people are bad, sometimes shockingly bad.
Building strong relationships within the startup ecosystem is not just a recommendation; it’s a necessity. In the dynamic and competitive world of startups, your network can be the difference between struggling in isolation and thriving with the support of fellow entrepreneurs, mentors, potential partners, and investors. The cliche “your network is your net worth” holds more than a kernel of truth, especially here in Silicon Valley.
While we all have heard much of this before, here are some basic, but essential reminders to be a more effective networker and make meaningful connections: