Networking is an infinite time horizon game

I have a long-term view on networking. I believe that the aggregation of short, single interactions is the biggest influencer of a healthy, long-term relationship. And if you think of networking as a long-term game, you'll be more open to the serendipity that short-term networkers miss.

One recent example was my meeting with Jungwook Lim, MD at Startup Alliance, a Korean incubator space. Jungwook used to work for Daum and was CEO for Lycos. Super impressive but at the same time super humble guy. It was an incredible meeting and discussion of startups, philosophies, and life.

My interactions that led to dinner with Jungwook can be charted like:

  • November 2013: Jungwook made a group trip to Techstars, and randomly asked me directly what book I recommended on building ecosystems. I recommended Brad Feld's Startup Communities
  • June 3, 2015: Random meetup at the KOTRA conference, where I met the Kidae Lee, EIR of Startup Alliance Korea
  • July 22, 2015: I tweeted #Pangyo when I was in Seoul for the conference.
  • July 22, 2015: Kidae out of the blue contacted me via Facebook to meet up. I was one of 2 #Pangyo tweets for that day
  • July 23, 2015: Dinner with the Startup Alliance team

I hope to continue knowing Jungwook and Kidae over time. But it is because I understood that networking is an infinite time horizon game that I remained open to the random possibilities that led to our meeting.