"It's Not What You Know, It's Who YouHaving a strong social network is a Must-Have of every entrepreneur. Our friends and partners make us stronger in areas we're weak (accounting, marketing, law, etc.). I have discovered that behind a great entrepreneur generally exist a great team supporting him.
Know" -Old English Proverb
What advice would you give a young entrepreneur to build his social network? Thank you in advance
Its all a numbers game. Be personalable, that is key. I talk to people everywhere, at the gym, grocery store, or out walking the dog.
MITH - Make interesting things happen. It means it is all up to you. If you stay in bed noone will come to you.
Move, meet ppl, go to every event near you and, of course, use social networks,
Here's a little tip that I just recognized today. Look up all the business/entrepreneurship organizations you can, go to all of them. In the average big city, you'll find a couple groups where they complain about why bad things happen to them (inventor clubs strike me as tending towards this), you've find some dead clubs where nothing is happening, and you'll find clubs that promise you fame, friends, success ... in the exchange for something.
But then you'll also find a hand full up clubs where people aren't complaining and where things are actually happening. Furthermore, (and this is how you can tell you've found the right groups) there will be overlap in the membership of these clubs because the members will have already done their homework too. So, upon finding these, you have found the people you need to be friends with... the next step is to actually make friends with them. The best way to do this, of course, is to offer them something that they need but can't attain easily by themselves (I'm learning web design). An alternative is to have your wife offer them Japanese baked goods... but you can only do this if you have a Japanese wife like me, (and of course she better be a good cook!).
Google is your friend here, at least in the very beginning. I found every possible entrepreneurial organization in town that I could, I created a list ranked from most to least beneficial, and I have been slowly moving through that list since that time. The groups that I have found most helpful are local professional groups in my field of interest and the local business school groups.
Where ever you go, be likable and friendly, and genuinely interested in the people around you. Identify needs that either you can solve or that others you have met can solve and then pair needs with solutions. When reasonable make your solutions freely available. When you do make a connection, be sure to follow up on that connection (otherwise you'll just end up with an extensive collection of business cards). And whenever you follow up, have something interesting and/or useful to share.
Be a good person. The world is a very, very small place.
Find people who know people.. I guess if you don't know a lot of people yourself, then it makes sense to find mentors/well wishers/partners who are well connected.
Having something that you created - even a small project - that you can point to and say "I shipped this" will go a long way towards being taken seriously, especially when you are young.