Another industry meet-and-greet, another name tag. Most of us consider networking a necessary evil—a stiff and sterile exchange of superficial banter and business cards.
If you’re still asking “Can I pick your brain?” you’re doing it wrong. Networking today thrives on exchanges of favors that energize rather than drain both giver and taker.
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You could call Jalak Jobanputra an early adopter. In 1995, as an analyst, she was part of the team that took Netscape public. And she’s been a bitcoin believer since 2013, when cryptocurrency and blockchain technology were even less understood than they are now. That’s when she left a plum gig with the Omidyar Network (a philanthropic fund started by eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar) to launch Future\Perfect Ventures, which focuses on blockchain tech and machine learning. We spoke to her about her gift for knowing what’s next.
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Brianna Elefant, Chief Revenue Officer of Voray, speaks with Nicole V. Cramer from Forbes
When asked what keeps her going as the Chief Revenue Officer of Voray (a company looking to put authenticity back into networking), and in her life, Brianna Elefant points to perspective. She says, “One problem can never be big enough to bring you down. Problems aren’t stop signs, they are guidelines.” Lauded as an agent for effective change, as well as being a compassionate listener (according to colleagues and clients), Elefant is a testament to the validity of this approach.
Originally published on FierceCEO.com
Networking events are a staple of doing business and David Olk, CEO of Voray, is out to change their often-bland format.
Current network functions are “inefficient, ineffective, stale and repetitive,” Olk told FierceCEO. “When you’re a CEO you’re always being invited to a lot of stuff.”
What Olk wanted to do was “create networking events people wanted to go to. A small dinner with people you want to break bread with.”