Does networking still terrify you? Learn how this Women 2.0 City Meetup speaker overcame her networking fears.
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Previous Women 2.0 speakers and other event veterans offer advice on making real connections at conferences.
Take it from our CEO, a confirmed hater of traditional networking, everyone can learn to enjoy and benefit from networking if you approach it the right way.
Networking expert and conference MC Porter Gale asks: You invest your money, but are you investing in relationships?
It’s all about connections in today’s world. Here’s a guide to making yourself comfortable when networking.
After a successful career in tech, one woman looks back and realizes she missed a whole lot of networking opportunities.
Our new events intern meets female entrepreneurs from around the world and reflects on the power of women networking together.
“Women and men tend to network differently,” observed Anne Day, founder and president of Company of Women, a network for entrepreneurs in the GTA. “For women it is more about building relationships, while for men it is much more transactional,” she added.
RocksBox founder Meaghan Rose shares what she’s learned from the challenges and triumphs she experienced fundraising while being a woman.
By Meaghan Rose (Founder & CEO, RocksBox)
It’s not the same. It just isn’t. Fundraising for your startup is going to be harder for you than a male counterpart with the same business. Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way that can help you succeed despite the challenges.
These tips are applicable for networking whenever you are trying to engage your partner and form an important immediate connection as a foundation of a future follow up.
By Vadim Slavin (Managing Partner, Monthly Ventures)
I recently read a post by Fred Kofman, a professor of leadership and coaching, titled “7 Steps to Prove That You Are Listening”. It was addressing men, husbands, fathers suggesting how to open up the channel of communications with their wives, daughters, significant others. What was interesting is that I realized this was the intent only after getting to the end of the post. I read the whole thing with the impression that the tips were for effective networking for anyone.
Did you know March 8 is International Women’s Day? Celebrate with Women 2.0 at your local Founder Friday event this March 8!
By Sepideh Nasiri (Vice President of All Things Offline, Women 2.0)
Celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 with Women 2.0 at Founder Friday events held in 17 cities around the world on March 8!
Founder Friday is a Women 2.0 networking event promoting the creation of new networks
Women 2.0 encourages me to build a healthy nucleus for a cell that aspires to thrive.
By Katrina Salas-Padilla (Contributing Writer, Women 2.0)
To a budding entrepreneur what could be sexier than intimate contact with the coveted almighty power of a willing investor? One might argue that a computer engineer and UX designer duo might give networking with an angel investor a run for its money on the ‘sexy’ meter.
However, it would only be a matter of time
Online connections give entrepreneurs access to a global network of founders, mentors and advisors.
By Lesa Mitchell (Vice President, Kauffman Foundation)
In 1950, Ewing Kauffman launched his pharmaceutical company, Marion Laboratories Inc., in the basement of his modest home in Kansas City. During his first year in business, he had sales of $36,000 and a net profit of $1,000. By the time he sold his company to Merrell Dow in 1989, it had become a global diversified healthcare giant with nearly $1 billion in sales.
In 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak launched Apple. The first world headquarters for their world-changing venture was Jobs’ family garage.
Business networking interactions are intended to result in business!
By Rania Anderson (Co-Founder, Women’s Capital Connection)
One of the most cited and real barriers to women’s professional and business success relates to networking: not enough, not the right type, and not enough access. The other problem some women have is how they interact at networking events.
When I observe women (myself included) at networking events globally and coach women about networking, I most often see and hear women exhibit almost a singular focus on connecting with people and building relationships, practically at the expense of getting referrals and doing business.
By Lauren Perkins (Founder & CEO, Perks Consulting)
Networking events are a fantastic way to meet new business prospects, potential partners, and leverage relationships within your existing network for referrals.
These events can certainly seem intimidating if you don’t have an action plan to keep you focused and on task.
To make the most of networking opportunities, business women can treat each event as they would treat a date. Following the same rules that you would typically follow on a date provides some guidance for how to prepare for the event, what to do
By Whitney Johnson (Founding Partner, Rose Park Advisors)
“There’s a woman you have to meet,” said a male CEO during a recent meeting.
“She sounds terrific. I love meeting interesting people. …Any men you’d like me to meet?”
“Aren’t you married?”
“Sure am… Happily.”
We both chuckled. I then clarified, “In my experience, men have more power than women.”
By Larry Chiang (CEO, Duck9 & Stanford University EIR)
Parties have patterns.
Like many women, I get invited to a lot of uber cool things last minute. Of course, I had to toil years in the basement suite, kiss parent company ass, write 300 blog posts at BusinessWeek, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, GigaOm, Xconomy and pen a NY Times bestseller to get half the invites all y’all get…
So when I get invited, I don’t say no.
I don’t say no because I had
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Last week, Andreessen Horowitz invited women to their Menlo Park office to hear stories from leaders: Padmasree Warrior (CTO, Cisco), Marissa Mayer (VP Location & Local, Google), Freada Kapor Klein (Founder, Level Playing Field Institute), Angela Benton (Founder, NewME), and Sandy Jen (Co-Founder & CTO, Meebo).
Panel moderator and TechCrunch writer Vivek Wadhwa conducted research with NCWIT, finding that the only difference between women and men to become entrepreneurs is that women feel discouraged from starting up.
By Kelly Hoey (CEO, Foundation for Social Change) Beauty Creams. Exercise Videos. Diets. We’re all skeptical — “will it really work“ — until we see actual results… It’s the same with networking. Until you hear that a friend was offered a job or scored a sought-after interview or received a career-enhancing assignment, you wonder if all the time and effort is really (I mean, really) worth it. It is worth it. Really.
By Larry Chiang (CEO, Duck9 & Stanford University EIR)
I see patterns. Pattern recognition is a critical skill set for VCs to master. The pattern I see is that networking as a tall Asian engineer with Supermodel looks is uber similar to how a female founder should network. We both can’t get to and meet contacts if there is a slew of people just monopolizing our time (because they want to bang us).
You see, I say the things that others won’t say (or write). I risk this because in my opinion, there are some insights I have that others do not. We as women need to play with the idea of…