I wasn’t feeling so hot last Wednesday, but was determined to make it to that night’s networking event. I left work around 5 pm and after grabbing a beer to help conquer my hesitation to talk to strangers, I met some really great people. One guy was an entrepreneur who founded the hottest company in the Mid-Atlantic during the dot-com boom, another was a well-respected Venture Capitalist from the DC area, and another had a successful start-up in the online education space.
I also had to smile and nod my way through a handful of conversations with service providers looking for sales leads. Don’t get me wrong, all of the service providers were nice people. But, Brazen Careerist is not in the market for business loans or internal software; we’re in the market for members, funding, and friendly entrepreneurial connections.
When it was all said and done, I spent about one hour driving to the event, one hour talking with service providers, one hour talking with entrepreneurs and investors, and one hour driving home. The next day I followed up with 3 people and came down with a serious case of bronchitis. I guess I deserved it for pushing too hard.
The point is, networking is hard, time-consuming and scary. Today, we’re launching Network Roulette to help make the networking process easy, fast, and most importantly, fun. (And maybe we can even prevent a few unnecessary cases of bronchitis in the process.)
If you haven’t been to one of our beta events, here’s a quick summary of how Network Roulette works.
After answering two simple questions: What are you looking for? And What are you providing? You’re randomly matched for a 3 minute conversation to determine if the person on the other side can help your network. After the networking session, you can then choose who to follow up with through your network dashboard.
That’s it. A dead simple online speed networking service that helps you build a network in your pajamas or from your cubicle, and lets you have fun while you’re doing it.
We’ve had a lot of product releases since launching Brazen back in March 2008, but I’ve never been more excited for a launch. I could literally feel the excitement during the beta events. One person told me they haven’t felt this way about a service since logging into Facebook for the first time, another even told me that Network Roulette is the future of networking.
If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself. We have themed networking events every Tuesday and Thursday evening, but you can stop by anytime you’d like to randomly connect with strangers. I’ve already found a couple of people that I plan to approach when Brazen is hiring, and I’ve helped others connect with job leads and reporters. Who knows, you may just find the person to help bring your career to the next level.
Still want to know more about Network Roulette? Check out the video: