Spend Time with A+ People in Other Industries

Hunter Walk

Advice for folks in tech who are at the beginning or middle of building their careers: Focus on weak ties. Once you’ve got let’s say ~100 diverse relationships within the tech community you’re probably a single hop from most people you don’t already know. At that point I think what really benefits you – in terms of new ideas, expanding your perspective, and accessing new talent pools – is to spend time with extremely impressive folks in industries outside of pure tech, the 1% most talented people in their industry, not yours.

From my experience you’ll find that many of them are open to chatting because they’re happy to talk about what they do and want to learn more about technology. So the quid pro quo is that you go to their office, or set up a call, and say “hey, if you’ll give me 20 minutes to talk about what…

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