I have not been murdered or mugged yet, as my friend Rachel’s has warned, but have formed some incredible relationships through a site named Meetup.com
Meetup.com is a platform that connects people with similar interests by location. Complete strangers can meet up with interests that range from age 50+ singles nights(have not attended), to volleyball (attended), and entrepreneur meetups (attended). Is meeting with strangers is dangerous? Nah, and we tend to meet in public places so at least I have that going for me.
I found this site shortly after arriving in Houston, TX and not knowing anyone I could talk to about my passion of building new businesses. I had searched the web and stumbled upon Meetup.com where I found a group called “GroundUp.” This entrepreneur group that met for coffee and networked with each other, swapped stories and problems merely looking to help each other out.
I highly recommend meetups if you:
At my first meeting, I was fortunate to meet a ton of people, including lawyers I’ve called on for help, a super connector who knows everyone in the community for any need, a 40+ year old entrepreneur who was launching a video site similar to my own, and many more. Some had launched products, and some just had ideas, but it was really a wonderful experience to be around people with the same love of entrepreneurship that I have. From this group I gained new friends, a ton of knowledge, a small beta group for the launch of PhotoPlay.me, and I still look forward to going when I can.
Recently I have been on the search for a technical co-founder. The biggest reason being that I am looking to increase the speed at which I can change and improve my products, and more recently because incubators like techstars show much more preference to teams with a solid technical foundation.
How does this relate??
Instead of going to just entrepreneur meetups, I started going to technical driven meetups discussing MYSQL database, Android Development, Python coding and more. I know little about the technical side in these areas but by going to their meetups, I was able to learn enough to converse somewhat intellectually, and meet people who might be a good match.
I love meeting people with totally different experiences and stories than me, but by nature, they are hard to meet. How do you meet new people??
Also I am still looking for people with technical background in Twitter API to talk to for hired jobs and/or potential partnerships! Please contact me