Reid Hoffman (CEO of LinkedIn) makes an important point about the power of networking for entrepreneurs in our ever evolving work world. Strengthening our professional networks is vital to entrepreneurial success (“Charlie Rose Talks to . . . Reid Hoffman” Bloomberg Businessweek, 7/21/14–7/27/14, p. 32):
“A startup has a set of resources that all need to be there in order to make it successful. The speed at which you can assemble that is the strength of the network. How can we, as a society, strengthen networks in various areas? Is there something we can do in Detroit? Is there something we can do in New Orleans to create a much more robust network, to enable entrepreneurship, to create economic prosperity and jobs?”
Repeatedly, when we can assemble the right people with the right talents at the right time, awe-inspiring things can happen. This is what is so exciting about social media. People are able to connect with other people regardless of geography, time zones, and artificial boundaries. Finding the right people with the right talent is immensely easier via social media because your networking efforts are effortlessly and seamlessly multiplied.