To all of you who made it to The Startup Connection, I hope you discovered something amazing – a rich source of knowledge and experience right here in your own backyard. To those of you who could not make it, you missed something wonderful. But, not to worry, it was so good, we plan on doing it again next year.
I tried to listen in as much as I could as I popped between sessions Saturday – counting attendees (at one point we had over a 100 between both tracks), checking in with volunteers (thank you Jay, Lisa, and Hasok), and greeting panelists, presenters, and facilitators. Even in those brief moments, I learned things I didn’t know, I heard things that will help us better support our clients going forward, and I was continually wowed by the depth of knowledge, the level of expertise, and the vast willingness to share it all – even those toughest, hardest, darkest moments and how our investors and entrepreneurs struggled through them.
So today I’m asking you to do one thing: take stock.
Consider what you know, who you know, how you can help others, and how you might ask them to help you. Friday and Saturday, I saw the meaning of community – pulling together to carry in bags of lunch (which was delivered late), putting back the rooms in less than 30 minutes (it took us two hours to set it all up Friday), offers to help, requests for input. There is a whole world waiting to help you take the next steps in your life, in your career, in your business. You need only ask. And, also, be willing to help in return.
I look forward to seeing you over at ASU Chandler Innovation Center soon! We really do have something pretty darn amazing here – and you’re part of it.