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A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My friend and former colleague Charlie O’Donnell created a new kind of networking event for the moment we are in. These are virtual networking events designed to “include diverse perspectives in the innovation community.”

Cato Network snags $130M Series E on $1B valuation as cloud wide area networking thrives


Cato Networks has spent the last five years building a cloud-based wide area network that lets individuals connect to network resources regardless of where they are. Palo Alto Networks to acquire CloudGenix for $420M.

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Palo Alto Networks to acquire Expanse in deal worth $800M


Palo Alto Networks has been on buying binge for the last couple of years, and today it added to its haul, announcing a deal to acquire Expanse for $800 million in cash and equity awards. Palo Alto Networks to acquire CloudGenix for $420M.

5 Essential People to Have in Your Network as You Begin Your Entrepreneurial Journey


Related: How Smart, Strategic Networking Can Transform Your Business During a Crisis. Networking pro. Networking is the way to reach them, along with other like-minded individuals who might serve as partners and vendors to support your startup’s growth.

Networks vs. Nodes: Developing New Business Models for the Connected Age


As CO.STARTERS has worked as a leader in the emerging field of entrepreneurial ecosystem building—which is essentially about building dense networks of trust, both institutional and personal, to support entrepreneurs—we find our work positioned in the middle of a unique combination of players: Grassroots leaders and local ecosystem builders, who use the business support programs and ecosystem building tools we offer. Now we are doing that for our wider network of collaborators.

How to Run an Effective Networking Dinner

Both Sides of the Table

Photo by Juliette F on Unsplash Networking is a critical part of relationship building and there is no event more valuable to building relationships than the proverbial “breaking of bread” with people. You should allow a period for general networking, a chance to eat your first bites of food and some casual catch ups. it’s ok to drift back to general networking if need be. networking startup

A New Network for Startup Community Builders

Ecosystem Builder Hub

There’s a new community network emerging to help entrepreneurial ecosystem builders connect, learn, and grow— Startup Communities: The community for entrepreneurial ecosystem builders. Connected Networks Economic Development Featured Original Content Brad Feld Ian Hathaway Startup Communitie

Juniper Networks acquires Boston-area AI SD-WAN startup 128 Technology for $450M


Today Juniper Networks announced it was acquiring smart wide area networking startup 128 Technology for $450 million. This marks the second AI-fueled networking company Juniper has acquired in the last year and a half after purchasing Mist Systems in March 2019 for $405 million. SD-WAN is short for software-defined wide area networks, which means networks that cover a wide geographical area such as satellite offices, rather than a network in a defined space.

Introducing Circulate: Creating Better Networks for Future Founders from Black and Other Underrepresented Communities

This is going to be BIG.

I wanted to build something that would be above and beyond the fund that would create ongoing change, creating more Black founders as well as those from other underrepresented communities and leveling up the networks of those who had already taken the plunge. The Circulate series acknowledges that access to ideas, resources and networks is structurally unequal. These resources are often walled off within existing professional networks that lack diversity.

Update: Springtide, an autism treatment center network, raises $18 million


With one in 54 children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in the U.S., the issue of how to treat patients diagnosed with the condition has become almost as acute as the prevalence of the condition itself.

Understanding the Power of Your Human Networks

Both Sides of the Table

The critical skill is not just your immediate network but the network beyond that you can tap into if you’ve earned the right through nurturing your 1-degree relationships. Building Your Network. Either you have a well established network or you don’t. My basic philosophy is that almost anybody can build a network by investing time in it. The golden rule of networking ought to be the mantra, “ Give Before You Get.”

The NYC Helium Network

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

On Tuesday night, our portfolio company Helium launched the Helium Network in NYC. As many of you know, Helium is a peer to peer low bandwidth wireless network that anyone can run a hotspot for. The Helium network in NYC is already 133 hotspots strong and the map of lower Manhattan looks like this: If you would like to buy a Helium hotspot and start earning Helium tokens you can do that here.

Spora Health launches primary care network for Black people and people of color


A number of healthcare disparities exist for Black people in America, but they can oftentimes go unaddressed due to the lack of education and understanding among medical professionals. Spora Health , which launches today for patients in Virginia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Florida, aims to fix that.

Harry Stebbings on committing to building a network & giving first


He’s talked with amazing Venture Capitalists and entrepreneurs and made over 2,800 shows, and he spends 45 minutes every day DMing each one of his new followers on Twitter in order to build a network with a truly human touch. When he was 13, Harry watched “The Social Network,” the movie about Facebook’s growth, and it inspired him to become an entrepreneur and investor. How Harry maintains the human relationships in his network as it grows: “Get off email. …

Lightyear scores $3.7M seed to digitize networking infrastructure procurement


Lightyear , a New York City startup that wants to make it easier for large companies to procure networking infrastructure like internet and SD-WAN, announced a $3.7 To provide the data that he spoke of, the company has already formed relationships with over 400 networking providers worldwide.

Impact Hub Recife leaves global network

Impact Hub

After six years of collaboration, the global Impact Hub Network and Impact Hub Recife are now parting ways. Since launching in 2005, the Impact Hub network has undergone significant growth, now reaching over 16,500 members in 100+ locations across the globe. This shift in strategy separates from the core mission of the Impact Hub network and points us in two different trajectories, so we believe it has come the time for us to part ways.

Open Web vs. Network Effects

This is going to be BIG.

This came up again yesterday when discussing the network effects of a business. I realized that network effects are inherently the products of closed systems--a setup whereby being the 100,000,000th user of one service provides more utility than being the 10th user of another, even if the latter is an otherwise superior. Not only does that enforce network effects, but it means that first mover advantage and landgrabbing becomes a more effective strategy as well.

A Well-Organized Event Promotes Networking

Entrepreneurs' Organization

As a certified meeting professional (CMP) and the CEO of Special D Events , a national business event management agency, Galle knows what it takes to design a meeting or event for proper networking. Are you frustrated with the results of your networking? Overall, it’s the meeting planner’s responsibility to design a program that engages every attendee—and that includes supporting your networking efforts. Check out other Octane articles about networking.

Entrepreneurial Networks are Driving Global Change, According to Impact Hub Network’s 2019 Global Impact Report

Impact Hub

Ahead of this year’s Global Climate Strike (20-27 September) and the Global Goals Week (21-30 September), the Impact Hub network is launching its 2019 Global Impact Report. The report marks Impact Hub network’s role as an industry thought leader in the impact sector, utilizing a local community-based, yet globally connected model. The members surveyed said that being part of such a network had helped them to: Feel part of a larger community: 84%. About Impact Hub Network.

Impact Hub Oakland leaves Impact Hub network

Impact Hub

Impact Hub Oakland has always been a lighthouse for driving the inclusion and equality agenda of the Impact Hub Network in North America. After six years of successful operations, we are sad to see Impact Hub Oakland leave the network. Since launching in 2005, the Impact Hub network has undergone significant growth, now reaching over 17,000 members in 100+ locations across the globe. The post Impact Hub Oakland leaves Impact Hub network appeared first on Impact Hub.

7 Tips for Building a Strong, Vibrant Network

This is going to be BIG.

I was speaking at Internet Week yesterday on networking and so I wanted to gather some of my thoughts. I have a huge network of people here and it's probably the thing I get valled out the most for--and complimented on. Building my network is something that comes naturally to me, but it's also something I put a lot of hard work into. These people are bad for you, bad for your network, and take steps to avoid them is a net positive.

Launch next-level networking with CrunchMatch at our TC Sessions: Space event


TC Sessions: Space offers an unparalleled networking opportunity to meet the most important people in the space industry, across public, private and defense. It makes networking easier, efficient and more productive.

Why The Media Has Been Wrong About YouTube Networks

Both Sides of the Table

For much of 2013 I watched the press write articles about how the YouTube “MCNs” (multi-channel networks) were doomed and tried to square that with the data I was watching at the one I invested in, Maker Studios, who has had one hell of a year. Maker announced it has raised $62 million this year, acquired an amazing off-YouTube distribution network and grown its business in monetary terms by almost 300% year-over-year off of an already large base.

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How to Build Online Relationships into Meaningful Networks

Both Sides of the Table

I was waiting for my son’s basketball game to start this morning and with the morning’s emails all drained I turned to Twitter and saw this Tweet from Marshall Kirkpatick. Test: open your twitter stream, look at the 1st item in it, think of something to say in response, say it. Theory: it’s really that simple. Marshall Kirkpatrick (@marshallk) January 24, 2015. I consider Marshall a business friend. A fellow thinker and tinkerer of technology. Somebody I respect. And like.

The Ins and Outs of Business Networking with Adrian Miller

Smart Hustle Magazine

Business networking is a fun time — mingling, eating, chatting about business. Many business owners attend networking events but don’t utilize the time or crowd as well as they can. Adrian Miller is many things, including a Business Growth Architect, sales consultant, trainer, author, avid traveler, blogger, columnist, hockey mom, amateur photographer, theater lover, moviegoer, and networker extraordinaire. (I Become a Great Networker. When Networking, Do Not….

How to network like a ninja


Outgoing, full of creative ideas, and certainly the best person to teach us how, here is Kim on networking… By Kim Shepherd . Networking with others you want to meet is second nature to some, but it fills others with dread. After all, networking is much more than cocktail parties and trading business cards. So far we’ve been talking about people who are “newbies” to networking. With a little planning, networking becomes easy.

How Amsterdam Collaborates With The Global Impact Hub Network

Impact Hub

Each of these Impact Hubs contributes its local context and capabilities to our global network, which contains a diverse mix of talent, knowledge and opportunities. This unique mix is an essential reason for corporates and organisations to collaborate with the Impact Hub network. The Impact Hub network supported us with our global media outreach that resulted in over 700 applications, assisted with the assessment process, and provided the perfect setting to host our bootcamp.

Women Need to Loosen Up (Their Networks!)

This is going to be BIG.

There was a comment made in the crowd about why women seem to lag men when it comes to networking. The comment, made by a female, was essentially that women look to build and rely on deeper relationships and are less likely to use their loose connections for networking. Neither reached out, but both were aware that I was around and were either following me on various social networks or knew what I was up to.

Techstars and Hyundai Card launch Network Engagement Partnership to support Korean Startups


Techstars is excited to announce a Network Engagement Partnership with Hyundai Card, Korea’s leading credit card service provider. The partnership will support startups within Hyundai Card Studio Black, a premium amenity-driven co-working space located in the Gangnam district in Seoul, to connect startups across the Techstars network with Hyundai Card for potential collaboration opportunities. About Techstars hyundai card network engagement partnership

Expand your network to add diversity to investment deal flow

Innovation 2 Enterprise

“The biggest problem, not just in Oklahoma but around this entire country,” he said, “is the idea of broken networks or the lack of networks for people of color. Investors rely heavily on referrals from their own networks — these are dense networks, deeply embedded with high levels of trust. However, the problem is that there is little or no opportunity to bridge network gaps and this led to the erosion of long-term performance.”

Would you attend a conference featuring your network?

This is going to be BIG.

The conference format forces them to do a couple of things that haven't been easy to get them to think about and has a lot of potential lessons for how they think about networking and personal brand. Speaker lists are a good way to figure out the quality of your network. I've been using a thought experiment in the personal branding class I teach to entrepreneurial Fordham students that I think is worth sharing.

Secrets from The Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network Summit-Singapore

Smart Hustle Magazine

Ramon Ray recently attended the 10th annual Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network Summit in Singapore. The Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) connects female entrepreneurs across the globe with networks, sources of capital, knowledge, and technology, giving them the power to do more. The post Secrets from The Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network Summit-Singapore appeared first on with Ramon Ray.

Social Networking (the Shorter Version) Past, Present, Future

Both Sides of the Table

Social Networks: Past, Present & Future. I recently spoke at Caltech at the Caltech / MIT Enterprise Forum on “the future of social networking,&# the 30-minute video is here and the PowerPoint presentation is here on DocStoc ). What are the big trends that will drive the next phase of social networks? We have been using social networks for 25+ years. Social Networking in Web 1.0. Social Networking in Web 2.0. Modern Social Networking.

5 Things Veterans Should Know About Starting a Business


It’s also an excellent networking resource, as it connects veterans with fellow entrepreneurs and mentors. VetFran is a network of 650 suppliers and International Franchise Association members who provide discounts to veterans on their initial franchise fees and supplies.

When You Hire an Executive, You're Hiring a Network

Tomasz Tunguz

Network. Her network. Without that network or with the wrong network, recruiting costs and time increase. When interviewing for new executive to lead an internal team, interview for the network by asking and digging into the question: “Who are your first 5 hires You’ve just raised a round of financing. Your next step is to build your management team. There are several criteria for finding the right executive.

Join Ramon at Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network - July 9 #DWEN @DellTech

Smart Hustle Magazine

Join Ramon on July 9th at Dell's Women's Entrepreneur Network (DWEN), the Path Forward Virtual Summit. The Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) will advance your business by connecting you with resources and a community of female founders who will inspire you to grow personally and professionally. There will be networking with fellow DWEN Members, keynotes on pivoting business and specifics about funding that pivot.

Top 4 benefits of joining the YLAI Network

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Network is a community of inspiring young entrepreneurs and change-makers from Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada who are committed to promoting economic growth, strengthening civil society and creating change in their communities. There are many reasons to join today and many benefits to being a part of this network! Get inspired by fellow network members accomplishments.