Using The Friend Paradox to Maximize Your Effectiveness at Startup Networking Events

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I’ll never forget the first large tech conference I attended after joining Redpoint. Held in the movie theater in downtown Redwood City, the TechCrunch conference attracted several hundred entrepreneurs, investors and journalists. Not one of whom I knew. After a handful of conferences and a few awkward quick-name-badge-glance-then-say-hello conversations, I started to recognize faces and became friendly with the conference regulars. Walking into a room and working it by building a network person by person is an essential part of entrepreneurship (and venture capital).

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