After about an hour of introducing ourselves to one another and as I watched the entrepreneurial networking gene kick into high gear, I got the attention of the group and gave everyone one assignment.
"There is no agenda tonight. We`ll do this again and we`ll put together a more formal strategy for the next gathering.
I have one request of everyone. Head on out to the forum tomorrow and tell the rest of the global StartupNation community one thing that you learned tonight. What wisdom or insight or contact or specific knowledge did you gain from this gathering that you want to share with the rest of the StartupNation community?
Tell the StartupNation members in (Chicago, Denver, Tampa) that they ought to get together too."
So here is my one thing:
the more Tom told me about what he didn`t like about the StartupNation community forums, the more I began to appreciate how passionate he is about them. Thanks Tom.
even though Lynne hasn`t started her business yet, she is just as full of great business ideas as Steve, who is a few months into his new business, and Joe, who is one of the most energetic entrepreneurs I have ever met and been at his business for decades. Thanks gal/guys.
Mike is every bit as inspiring as the last time I saw him (several years ago) and Alicia seems to truly enjoy encouraging those entrepreneurs who are just about ready to take the leap.
I guess that`s more than one thing. Sorry, I couldn`t help myself.
OK Michiganders, what do you have to share with rest of the StartupNation community?
oh, and one more thing ... Darren is the person I was most intrigued with. But you wouldn`t know it from a first glance impression. Hang with those guys, they very often turn out to be the most valuable relationships you will ever cultivate.