Twitter | Search | |
Erik Torenberg
Many young ppl feel constrained by lack of big network, but IMO they're constrained by the value they can provide a network They think they need to get coffee w/ X IMO they need to develop a skill, expertise, asset so that when they get coffee w X/ they have something to offer
Reply Retweet Like More
Erik Torenberg Feb 12
Replying to @eriktorenberg
People feel that they don’t have network b/c they aren’t networking. Founders say that about VCs (if only I knew more VC’s I’d get funded) Networks are heat-seeking missiles for value, esp VCs. They can “build the relationship” in 1 meeting (if that!) if it’s a compelling deal
Reply Retweet Like
Erik Torenberg Feb 12
Replying to @eriktorenberg
Separately, prematurely building a wide network can have adverse effects on some ppl ("The Networker's Dilemma"): - afraid to take risks & look dumb - too much time “maintaining” the network that don’t focus on value creation Build "product' first:
Reply Retweet Like
Erik Torenberg Feb 12
Replying to @eriktorenberg
Best examples are people who’ve spent time building skills & expertise, and then can build the network instantly, vs the people who build network first, and then try to bolt skills / expertise on top. That's harder to do.
Reply Retweet Like
Erik Torenberg Feb 12
Replying to @eriktorenberg
Note: by “building network” I mean attending events or tons of 1on1 w/ ppl in industry unlikely to be collaborator However, do “Find your tribe” of collaborators & go deep w/ handful & involve them in the value building process (develop skills, build something together, etc)
Reply Retweet Like
Erik Torenberg Feb 12
Replying to @eriktorenberg
Imagine a curve where X axis of how close you are to someone & Y axis is throughput of information/resonance Head of the curve is significantly more power law than ppl think I.e. The resonance potential with ppl closest to you is way higher than you think Go deep before wide.
Reply Retweet Like
Erik Torenberg Feb 12
Replying to @eriktorenberg
A tribe can be a nebulous concept It’s the people you learn from, work with, invest in, think through challenges with and form a compounding loop with for the next five decades
Reply Retweet Like
Erik Torenberg Feb 12
Replying to @eriktorenberg
How to find your tribe? - Engage in pubic so ppl can find out that you are there kind of person. - Once you find them, keep regular cadence (e.g. bi-weekly event) synchronous & asynch (e.g. group chat) - Find ways to decrease friction to sharing (e.g. default opt-in)
Reply Retweet Like
Erik Torenberg Feb 12
Replying to @eriktorenberg
There's virtually no upper cap on the value you get from spending time discussing talking with somebody who you resonate with highly. Those are where the fruits are!
Reply Retweet Like
conner.xyz Feb 12
Replying to @eriktorenberg
"You should be too busy to get coffee."
Reply Retweet Like
𝕯𝖆𝖓𝖌𝖊𝖗 Feb 12
Replying to @eriktorenberg
this is a lesson im learning recently. While true, you still have to be in the right place. You're not networking for shit in Akron Ohio no matter how much value you bring.
Reply Retweet Like
Erik Torenberg Feb 12
Replying to @safetyth1rd
The internet is the right place, if your value is legible. To be sure, place does matter too, but it's not everything
Reply Retweet Like