In the bigger events or in some of the speaking events I’ve done, I may be able to impart knowledge and help out, but obviously, the learning cannot be customized to the individual. Sure, after the event there can be informal networking and getting to know people, but I don’t really get to KNOW people that much.
This is why I like doing one-on-one coffee-talks.
More than just the startup idea, I get to know the entrepreneur’s story. I get to know his motivations. I get to read body language. I don’t just shoot from the hip and comment on just the idea. I can comment and help out on the journey, which I think is far more valuable. True enough, I’ve had a number of memorable one-on-ones with certain people.
The problem is, over the past few years, doing these random one-on-one meetings has gotten to be quite challenging, given my schedule and where I live (Antipolo).
So here’s my proposed solution.
I know 2 posts ago I set a 10-man meeting next thursday. It’s pretty evident that it won’t be as intimate as I would like it to be.
Hence, I am reducing it to 4 people (so total in the meeting of 5 including me). I’ll also endeavor to this weekly and make it part of my workweek.
Here are some of the rules:
RULES FOR THURSDAYS UNPLUGGED
1) Venue and time
The venue will always be at the STORM Offices (Ortigas Center), at 5:30 pm. I would schedule it later to accommodate those coming from work, but I do want to go home in time for dinner. It would end approximately 6:30-645. There’s ample parking beside our building.
No powerpoint decks or demos. Let’s keep it simple and just talk.
3) Send me material
Do email me the idea or the problem at least 3 days before the meeting takes place. Be as concrete and concise as possible. If you have a deck or a website, this is where you should send it.
4) Transparency and Non-disclosure
You will be sharing your idea/situation both with me and the three other people in the room. (Honestly, this should be okay with you. Stealth doesn’t work) However, this doesn’t mean you should go around spreading what the other guy just shared with you – so we will agree that whatever was mentioned in the room, stays in the room.
5) 5 and 10
We have an hour. Let’s do approximately 15 minutes per person. In the first 5 minutes, do tell us about your idea or your problem, and also your journey. Then let’s spend the next 10-15 minutes discussing.
6) Reserving a slot
Let’s do this very simply. Just email me at email@example.com to reserve a slot for a specific Thursday. First-come, first served.
7) Yep, it’s free
Nope, there’s no need for any sort payment. I just really want to help out in my own way (it’s not even sure if I will be able to be relevant and helpful to you). That said, if you feel obliged to bring some snacks for a group of 5, no one’s stopping you :) (coffee will be on me, though). Just tell me what you’re bringing so there won’t be any duplication.
First one is on July 24. This is already fully-booked.
Next one will be on July 31. Two slots left.
Not yet sure if I can arrange one on August 7. I’ll confirm here in the blog.
Excited for the 24th! Will tell you how it goes!