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Tonight’s talk:        How to build awesome   relationships with people in the      tech / startup community@MichaelGold
but first...               a little about me.@MichaelGold
I’m not the guy painted gold@MichaelGold
I started as a developer in the late 90s@MichaelGold
On the side I made a social network for             DJs and promoters   My business model was free vodka...  turns out - n...
...Then came the “Dot Com” bust               My last day as an employee                                   Source: NASDAQ ...
I worked for about 9 years as an Internet strategist                and outsourced CTO@MichaelGold
Then I started the #techdrinkup party@MichaelGold
Computers “Network” People build relationship... don’t “network”@MichaelGold
Never “work the room”   ...you don’t need to meet everyone@MichaelGold
Take a lesson from Bill and Ted   Meet a few awesome people... and be excellent to them@MichaelGold
How to get the most out of a            crowded room...  Goal: have an awesome group conversation so that     you can meet...
Group conversation strategies            The game show approach:  ask questions of the group like you’re Pat Sajak@Michael...
Group conversation strategies  The on ramp: have something awesome planned that  people might want to jump on board and do...
Group conversation strategies               Create an inside joke:  Expand on that funny, awkward tidbit in the convo@Mich...
Don’t look at name tags               ...they’re distracting@MichaelGold
Don’t ask “What do you do?” as the             first question.    ...It’s like asking “what’s your major?”              at ...
People usually suck at follow up               ...Get organized!@MichaelGold
Apps for following up:   Google Spreadsheets: Make a list of 50   people you want to keep in touch with@MichaelGold
Apps for following up    Rapportive: A heads up display on any           email address in gmail@MichaelGold
Apps for following up   Boomerang: automatic follow up if you             dont hear back@MichaelGold
Apps for following up    Contactually: organize the people you                    email@MichaelGold
Apps for following up  Cardmunch: scan biz cards with your iPhone@MichaelGold
Apps for following up   Evernote Hello: Save new contacts to your        phone in a truly innovative way@MichaelGold
Apps for following up    Highlight: Strangers in the tech community                  reach out to you@MichaelGold
Apps for following up    Highlight: Text message with acquaintances      whose phone numbers you don’t have@MichaelGold
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Meeting awesome people and building relationships

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This is a talk I gave to student founders in the first class of the NYU Poly Summer Incubator. The talk is about un-networking: how to build relationships with awesome people in the tech community. Our breakout session was hitting the bar :)

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Meeting awesome people and building relationships

  1. 1. Tonight’s talk: How to build awesome relationships with people in the tech / startup community@MichaelGold
  2. 2. but first... a little about me.@MichaelGold
  3. 3. I’m not the guy painted gold@MichaelGold
  4. 4. I started as a developer in the late 90s@MichaelGold
  5. 5. On the side I made a social network for DJs and promoters My business model was free vodka... turns out - not a sustainable business@MichaelGold
  6. 6. ...Then came the “Dot Com” bust My last day as an employee Source: NASDAQ circa web 1.0 ...and I decided to go into business for myself for real@MichaelGold
  7. 7. I worked for about 9 years as an Internet strategist and outsourced CTO@MichaelGold
  8. 8. Then I started the #techdrinkup party@MichaelGold
  9. 9. Computers “Network” People build relationship... don’t “network”@MichaelGold
  10. 10. Never “work the room” ...you don’t need to meet everyone@MichaelGold
  11. 11. Take a lesson from Bill and Ted Meet a few awesome people... and be excellent to them@MichaelGold
  12. 12. How to get the most out of a crowded room... Goal: have an awesome group conversation so that you can meet again later in a quieter setting@MichaelGold
  13. 13. Group conversation strategies The game show approach: ask questions of the group like you’re Pat Sajak@MichaelGold
  14. 14. Group conversation strategies The on ramp: have something awesome planned that people might want to jump on board and do with you@MichaelGold
  15. 15. Group conversation strategies Create an inside joke: Expand on that funny, awkward tidbit in the convo@MichaelGold
  16. 16. Don’t look at name tags ...they’re distracting@MichaelGold
  17. 17. Don’t ask “What do you do?” as the first question. ...It’s like asking “what’s your major?” at a college party - lame@MichaelGold
  18. 18. People usually suck at follow up ...Get organized!@MichaelGold
  19. 19. Apps for following up: Google Spreadsheets: Make a list of 50 people you want to keep in touch with@MichaelGold
  20. 20. Apps for following up Rapportive: A heads up display on any email address in gmail@MichaelGold
  21. 21. Apps for following up Boomerang: automatic follow up if you dont hear back@MichaelGold
  22. 22. Apps for following up Contactually: organize the people you email@MichaelGold
  23. 23. Apps for following up Cardmunch: scan biz cards with your iPhone@MichaelGold
  24. 24. Apps for following up Evernote Hello: Save new contacts to your phone in a truly innovative way@MichaelGold
  25. 25. Apps for following up Highlight: Strangers in the tech community reach out to you@MichaelGold
  26. 26. Apps for following up Highlight: Text message with acquaintances whose phone numbers you don’t have@MichaelGold

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