This is a great read by Andrew and love following his work over the years :: http://andrewchen.co/10-years/
However you might have to fly around a bit more but you could do the same thing in SEA region. This is what I did when I started my gig at Yahoo. Just meet folks. No agenda. No transaction. Offer to help. Don’t ask for anything but mutual respect and be friendly.
Have also had tons of missed opportunities. Oh well.
And it helped me get to where I am today – an apprentice VC.