“Networking in general, when I joined TechStars. Before I joined TechStars I was in the New York tech scene and I had known a community of people but it was small and it was slow. I was really building a network organically.
When I joined TechStars the job was to go build a network. The job was to build a community. I’d prefer to be at home. I’m pretty introverted. I get socially awkward when I want to. I stepped into a job where that was the exact opposite of the role. I had to be extroverted. I had to be a community leader. I had to network professionally.
I had to not just do it. I had to be great at it. So when you step into one of those positions you have to be aware that this is a challenge but you also have to try to win.
So I didn’t just go and fumble through it. I went and said, ‘Okay, I don’t really want to do this. This isn’t my favorite thing in the world to do. I feel uncomfortable, but if I’m going to do it I better be good at it.’”