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Step one to building a quality network: make connections
It’s been roughly a year and seven months since the start of the pandemic.
One of the things we’ve been asked to do during this pandemic is to give up in-person events. For me, that was quite a change from what I was used to.
In the years before Covid, I would attend at least 10 in-person Fintech events or meetups per year.
Why? It was the best way to network and make lasting connections with colleagues and like-minded people.
I always found one-on-one meetings with interesting individuals to be the most enjoyable part of in-person events. Catching up with old acquaintances or making new ones was an essential component of every major event.
Want to know a secret? These one-on-one meetings are a vital strand of my networking strategy. These meetings, my social media presence, and my newsletters are key for building a quality network.
But then, the pandemic hit. And nothing went back to the way it used to be. We adapted, we toiled, we were resilient. In a search for connections, we signed up for online events and webinars, we made the effort.
To be honest, I did not attend many. I tried, but it was just not for me.
I have no interest in watching speakers present somber prepared talks. I hardly attend these presentations at in-person events either. For me, it was always about networking. Without a doubt, that was the aspect I missed the most. But for the time being, we had to go without it.
Or so I thought until I learned about Fintech Meetup. Finally, an online event that focuses on quality one-on-one meetings. I was back in the game. I got excited about online events again!
I attended their first meetup in June. It was great!
It was 15-minute one-on-one meetings with Fintech experts (including some great startup pitches), where I could immediately follow up with some questions. All meetings were double opt-in (both participants wanted to meet each other). I couldn’t think of a more efficient way to network.
So, when I heard that they are organizing another online event from March 8-10, 2022, I immediately signed up.
What can you expect for their second meetup? Watch the 2-min video in the link below to find out!
Fintech Meetup is the world's largest fintech meetings event, with participants joining more than 30,000 meetings.
It's the fintech industry's one-stop shop for partnership discussions, vendor presentations, investment pitches, and other meaningful collaboration.
61% of participants join Fintech Meetup to develop partnerships
Senior audience: 33% C-Level, 29% EVP, SVP, and VP Level
There is a limit on participants, and ticket prices are going up tomorrow at midnight, so make sure you buy your early-bird tickets in time!
Qualifying startups are eligible for special startup rates, so make sure you get your discount if you are one.
If you are going to attend Fintech Meetup in March, let me know, so we can catch up for a one-on-one! Can’t wait to see you there.
P.S.: If you are going to attend Money2020 in Amsterdam later this month, please let me know so we can grab a drink in person. I won’t be attending the event itself, but I do know many nice places outside of the event venue where we can have a chat.
Marcel van Oost
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Meet fintechs and uncover opportunities that will transform your business! Fintech Meetup (Online, March 8-10) does the hard work so you don’t have to--with 30,000+ meetings for 4,000 participants you’ll get 3 months worth of meetings in just 3 half days! Qualifying banks & credit unions are eligible for FREE tickets. Get your ticket now--prices go up on Friday!