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.
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.
3 Ways to Improve Networking
Building and maintaining professional connections doesn’t have to be difficult or draining, says bestselling author and rock-star Wharton professor Adam Grant, but it does require some fresh thinking.