Answers to the question “connect to whom?”

With whom should we connect?
  • Investors: not just for money but for other things they bring to the table
  • Cofounders & collaborators & employees
  • "aspirational peers"
  • "Powers that be"
  • Different kinds of people
  • Potential customers
  • Talent: students, freelancers
  • Professional services (accountants/marketeers/lawyers etc)
  • Innovative thinkers
  • People who support and challenge our ideas
  • Let’s connect students with the workforce
  • Advisors/mentors
  • People with connections to markets in other regions
  • Leaders of the “feds, meds, eds, and beds" institutions

Why are we not doing this?

  • Baltimore culture may not lend itself to connecting behavior (as compared to places like Silicon Valley)
  • Baltimore can be cliquey
  • Not enough people serving as connectors

How can we do this?

  • Reward this behavior - make it someone’s job to be a connector
  • Encourage events that bring arts & tech communities together a la Ignite
  • Relaxed environment with 24/7 availability
  • Happy hours
  • Flexible space to accomodate small and large meetings

Other ideas:

  • Let’s import ideas and people from outside of Baltimore (permanently and temporarily) as a physical or virtual guest (e.g. have a speaker at General Assembly addressing a crowd in Baltimore via Skype, or vice versa)
  • Bring arts into STEM aka STEAM
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