Lesson #4: 90% of startup networking events are a waste of time

Read this the other night : http://www.quicksprout.com/2013/02/14/11-things-i-wish-i-knew-before-starting-my-first-startup/

I always try to have the motto that the doers are doing and don’t have time to not be doing. Obviously I don’t mean that all events suck or that one should not seek the community but people do tend to get carried away with eventing versus doing. So I thought this was appropriate:

What you learn at most startup networking events, is the same stuff you can learn online. The only difference is, startup events typically cost money. There are a few networking events that are worth attending, but most aren’t.

Look for attendee lists before you register for conferences or networking events. Make sure there are either potential clients or people who are a lot smarter than you at these events. If you are the one teaching the room on how to run a company, something is off. You can only learn if people smarter than you, are at the event.

If you want to attend good networking events, look for the ones that are intimate and invite only. It’s hard to get into those events, but when you do, it will be worth it. Those are the type of events that will allow you to create new friendships and business partnerships.

Few other ones in there I like:

Lesson #6: It’s never too early to start making money

This one is so true. I think the longer you wait to force a revenue model on users the harder it will be.

Lesson #9: The grass is always greener on the other side

I struggle with this all the time – thinking that where I am right now is not possibly as good as where my buddy is, ex colleague, or that guy I read about in online. It is easy to think that the grass is always greener – usually it is not.

have a good sunday!


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