You want to hear a secret?
Last week, KTH innovation sent me a ticket to Stockholm Tech fest.
What they didn’t know was that they accidentally also sent me a ticket to the super-VIP hangout BEFORE the Tech fest.
(I’m not talking about the VIP dinner, but the VIP hangout that took place before that!)

I wasn’t even aware of it myself, even though they’d ask me
– Are you a speaker or an investor?
– (Me:) umm, I’m just a student…

Being in a room with only investors felt kind of alienating, but at the same time, of course I felt like I should take advantage of the situation. I didn’t know how, but I just made sure to talk as much as I could.

The last conversation of the day happened to be with a student of Handelshögskolan who started J12Ventures, a company that invests in Startups. He told me

“I’ve had so many ideas the last 6 months, and all I’ve been wanting to do is to network with KTH (technical-) students. But I’m isolated at handels and there isn’t really an event
between KTH and Handels…”

Having trained my ear to listen to “pains”, of course I saved that sentence in my brain-RAM as we continued the conversation. I later thought of arranging an event between Handels and KTH. Then I applied the concept of always “thinking bigger” as Micael told us at his talk.
Should we really be limited by events in our possibilities to network?
Why not make an app where you combine LinkedIn with WhatsApp?

I call it Virtual Networking…

The main concept being that you can “Create a room” (representing an event), and in there you can chat everyone else in the room. You can also see every other conversation in the room, and jump into conversations. You can of course chose to chat privately, Skype and exchange contact information (kind of like you exchange business card).

I went on to pitch the idea to a friend who works at STING (the best Startup incubator in Sweden if I remember correctly), who thought it was an interesting idea and supported it.

Michael (our last speaker) told us to “Think big”. Well, I already know that, right? I originally learned it from Tai Lopez, a wealth mentor. That’s why I want to make an app instead of an event…

But why not take a step further and make the app not just for business networking, but for everything. Like reddit! The difference being that Networkr is in real-time and more
interactive.

So what do you think. Should I go with niched or not?

Remember: “If you try to satisfy everyone, you won’t make anyone happy” – Serdar Temiz
PS. Can I use Networkr as my idea for the cource?

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14 Thoughts on “Networkr – How big should you think?

  1. Celine Tevy Ly Celine Tevy Ly on September 10, 2015 at 2:11 pm said:

    Hey Ivar 🙂
    I like your idea if I get it right.
    In my mind, when I am brainstorming with peers, it has to be very instantaneous to allow people not feeling restricted on the amount of ideas coming to their mind and let the meeting being efficient.
    In your app, would it be like events set up in advance so everybody can connect at the same time?
    Or would it be a simple conversation where people can join freely? It might be hard to catch up in this option! 🙂

  2. Yes exactly!

    Planned events will probably be the events that gain the most attendence. But everyone can also freely start an event.

    I’m still brainstorming and making a presentation to present for KTH innovation. Thanks for your input 🙂

  3. Hej Ivar,

    I like your enthousiasm and the idea of bringing people together, but I have some questions (off course without being negative!). What do you say about we grab of coffee tomorrow with the people who are interested and do some more brainstorming on this idea?

    Hope you like it!

    Michiel

  4. Avatar timbuzink on September 10, 2015 at 7:08 pm said:

    Hey Ivar,

    Sounds as a really good idea to me! This story in combination with your other post makes me admire you. I hope that you are able to build further on this idea and that it maybe will become something.

    But to answer your question. I think the best option is to start with an app of your first idea, the chatrooms. In this way you already thought bigger than just a event, but you also keep a niche. We learned if you first fully satisfy a small group of people, you can after that succes always become bigger and build on your foundation. Microsoft and Apple also first started in a niche market and look at them now!

    Good luck with developing your idea and when you made some progress or came up with another idea, I hope to read about it.

    Regards,

    Tim Buzink

  5. Appreciate your input Tim! Yes, that’s the track I’m thinking of.

    Of course Michiel! See you soon

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