Circulate Networking Events

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.”

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

Co Starters

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.

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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

It’s All About the Network


“Every opportunity I’ve gotten in my life has been provided by a network,” said Sky Kelley, Founder and CEO of Avisare. She values them so highly that her own company, Avisare, is itself a network, connecting small business owners with government contracts, and building diversity and inclusion into the process. Networking can get a bad rep,” Sky explained. But for me, networking is about getting to know people and forming relationships. The Power of Networks.

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. Launched by Brad Feld in conjunction with his new book The Startup Community Way: Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem , co-authored by Ian Hathaway , the online network has grown quickly to over 3,500 (as of today) members in the few short weeks since it launched in early July.

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.

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.

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. …

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.

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.

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….

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.”

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.

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 ). Social Networking in Web 1.0.

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

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. There will be networking with fellow DWEN Members, keynotes on pivoting business and specifics about funding that pivot.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Retool, Repurpose, Redeploy

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Through the EO network, I connected with EO members Lara Zimmerman (Netherlands), David Bijiker (Amsterdam) and Krzysztof Zdanowski (Poland) to orchestrate what would have been a once-in-a-lifetime itinerary.

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.

What the Past Can Tell Us About the Future of Social Networking

Both Sides of the Table

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?

The Continued Importance of Accelerators


The Industry accelerator coaching community connections coronavirus covid19 investment mentors mentorship networking partner venturesAccelerators have been around for almost fifteen years now. Throughout that time, they’ve supported and funded thousands of startups, many of which have turned into powerful companies and positively impacted communities large and small.

[Bizzabo in TechRepublic] Networking apps are helping people meet remotely


The post [Bizzabo in TechRepublic] Networking apps are helping people meet remotely appeared first on OurCrowd Blog.

3 Tips for Startups Looking to Stand Out to Corporate Partners


By Kate Drane, Techstars Network Engagement Manager. As a Techstars Network Engagement Manager , a critical part of my role is to serve as a matchmaker between our corporate partners and Techstars portfolio companies. Learn more about how the the Techstars Network Engagement Program helps corporations and startups work together—to the benefit of both. Partners Resources Ventures Network network engagement program

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.

It Takes a Village to Build an Ecosystem

Co Starters

Ecosystem building as an activity is founded on emerging principles of our future economy: a shift toward valuing collaboration over competition, an emphasis on the network over the nodes , and a mindset of abundance over scarcity. . Features connected networks ecosystem building partnersBy Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder & Visionary.

Twitter Networks are Different than Social Networks

Both Sides of the Table

They “don’t care what people ate for lunch.&# They’re fine on their existing social networks, which these days mostly means they’re happy with Facebook. And as a result Twitter Networks are currently different in my mind than many other social networks.

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.

Impact Hub Honolulu Rebrands as They Depart From Global Impact Hub Network

Impact Hub

After 5 years, Impact Hub Honolulu has decided to depart from the global Impact Hub Network in an effort to localize their focus and best serve their local community. . “ Hawai’i is unique in so many ways, and we want to move purposefully and recognize that. […] We are putting our attention and resources into building an inclusive network better suited to local businesses, networks and individuals.

A New Generation of VCs, A Virtuous Cycle


We’re excited by this trend and have decided to highlight these funds on our web site as “ in-network funds.”. Through our in-network funds, we have a virtuous cycle of capital directed back at existing—and future—Techstars portfolio companies, which increases our ability to help entrepreneurs succeed. These in-network funds are a natural extension of the Techstars Network, and a great addition to the startup ecosystems in cities across the U.S.

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.