A friend recently asked me this question:
Hello, Anjuan! I'm in a bit of a pickle. I went to law school and in law now but want to pursue tech. As such, I'd love to attend networking events with other entrepreneurs, angels and VCs but haven't a clue where to look and where to RSVP. I want to meet other amazing people in tech and get my product out there for feedback and possible investment! Can you possibly suggest a starting point?
Here's my response:First, use sites like Eventbrite and Meetup to find networking events centered around a topic of interest. There are many technology and entrepreneurship based events happening, and they are probably only a few miles (or, right around the corner!) from where you live or work.
Second, once you get a few events that you find useful enough to regularly attend, I advise getting "behind
the scenes". Get to know the organizers of these events and offer to help them find speakers and plan meetings. I think a heart to contribute to networking events and not just take from them is a great way to meet investors, partners, and possibly customers.
Third, I recommend writing content about your area of speciality. You can do this on your blog and also contribute to other publications. I'm a fan of public speaking so I highly recommend speaking at events that tie to your product. This is a great way to get exposure and establish yourself as an expert and increase the visibility of your product. Often, visibility is the key to viability.
I hope this helps!