New Tech Meetup – Don’t be shy!
I was at the Boulder New Tech Meetup last night, what a zoo! It’s the most crowded I’ve ever seen it, but the room was abuzz with energy. One notable difference in the meeting (aside from lack of butt space) was the sheer number of people looking for work. Usually the forums rage with startups seeking employees. This time it was the other way around.
As I was sitting there watching Andrew Hyde mispell “startup” on his preso (procrastinator!), it got me thinking. He’s a shy guy that gets out of his skin to put himself out there and be heard. Next up was Eric Marcoullier of Gnip. Ditto for him; a tad on the shy side, but gets out there and talks about what he’s doing. Later, I got a tweet from a ‘follower’ I don’t know well saying he saw me there but didn’t want to interrupt a conversation I was having.
I’m the worst about this too, I’m not shy at ALL but am incredibly tongue tied when it comes to asking for things like an opinion, a job, a favor, some help, or even interrupting a conversation. The great thing about this Meetup and Boulder in general is that people, for the most part, are welcoming, kind, and forgiving. Most of the top tech leaders I know in Boulder will take a meeting if asked nicely. So I write this more for my own head-pounding-against-the-wall reminder than for yours – but get out there! Come introduce yourself. Stand up in a room full of people and say what’s on your mind! Whether it be needing a job, wanting feedback on your startup idea, or just to start networking and making new friends. You’ll never get to where you want to be by just wishing things would happen around you.
So check out the events calendar, register for the next New Tech Meetup or Ignite Boulder, whatever it takes. I promise we don’t bite (hard) – (insert maniacal cackle).