Networking tools for startups

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My experience using different tools for business networking. Talk from my DOU Hackers & Founders meetup.

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Networking tools for startups

  1. 1. Networking for startups <ul><li>LinkedIn, Quora, Lanyrd, StackOverflow, AngelList </li></ul>Max Ischenko, DOU.ua
  2. 2. My TOP4 <ul><li>LinkedIn – contacts database </li></ul><ul><li>Quora – experts and insiders </li></ul><ul><li>Lanyrd – conferences </li></ul><ul><li>AngelList – funding </li></ul>
  3. 3. LinkedIn <ul><li>Recruting, research and corporate bizdev </li></ul>
  4. 4. Pros: LOTS of contacts –Good for recruiting/research
  5. 5. Cons: “low-activity” thing e.g.: github is better for developers
  6. 6. Quora <ul><li>Knowledge-base for startups </li></ul>
  7. 7. Quora is about knowledge, not individuals
  8. 8. Pros: unqiue insights from industry key figures
  9. 9. Cons: hard to “network” unless you are a real expert in something
  10. 10. Lanyrd.com <ul><li>Social conference directory </li></ul>
  11. 11. Pros: Curation – track events your contacts are tracking
  12. 12. Cons: few active users
  13. 13. Must read: Mark Suster on conferences https://bitly.com/suster-conf
  14. 14. AngelList (angel.co) <ul><li>Dating site for startups and investors </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>AngelList is “productization” of the VentureHacks </li></ul>Naval Ravikant
  16. 16. <ul><li>http://venturehacks.com/articles/unfundable-startup </li></ul>
  17. 17. “Move to a startup hub first” — Naval Ravikant
  18. 18. “Traction is the most important thing” – Naval
  19. 19. Research before asking <ul><li>“Ask for advice if you need money and ask for money if you need advice” </li></ul>
  20. 20. Bonus
  21. 21. answers.onstartups.com <ul><li>StackOverflow for startups </li></ul>
  22. 22. Cannot compare to Quora
  23. 23. Too much work
  24. 24. Thanks! <ul><li>@maxua on Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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