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Why getting involved in groups matter

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I often get asked this question: “how do I become involved in the startup and technology industry?” or more generally “how do I get involved in my industry?“.

I would suggest two things:

  1. Go to events and start meeting people in your industry face to face.
  2. Get involved and help out any organization, group, program, event, or association that provides value in your industry.

The second one being less obvious but just as important.

Imagine being at an industry event and meeting someone for the first time. Which of these two scenarios would you respond better to:

  • If I’m talking to you at an industry event and say, I would really love to connect and pick your brain to learn more about our industry. Are you interested in having coffee sometime next week?
  • If I’m talking to you at an industry event and say, I am helping run the events at my universities entrepreneurship program this year and I’d love to get your opinion & feedback on our programs we’re running this year. Are you interested in meeting for coffee sometime next week?

In this hypothetical situation, who would you rather have coffee with?

When you meet someone new in your industry it is 10x better to have a purpose for being there as opposed to just casually wanting to meet new people. This is a huge shortcut you can use to get involved more efficiently and help out, all at the same time.

The only caveat to this strategy is it has to be genuine. You have to actually help the industry group you choose to achieve its mission, and the organization has to be providing value to the community in your industry. You have to do your time, effort, and genuinely pay-it-forward by helping others.

Do this and you’ll find it so much easier to get involved in which ever industry you are in.


Written by Chris McCann

February 3, 2013 at 9:17 pm

7 Great Ways to Stay up with What’s Going on in San Luis Obispo County

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I recently added my google calendar feed to my website (look on the right side underneath “Archives”) highlighting some of the interesting events going on in San Luis Obispo County.

I try to attend a lot of social and business events going on in SLO County and I wanted to share the 7 public calendars I use to find all these events.

  1. My favorite calendar is from Softec the Central Coast Business Event Calendar Link: which publishes a diverse list of events going on in San Luis Obispo County including the Chamber of Commerce’s events. My only issue with this calendar is Softec doesn’t publish the RSS feed for it so to find out about these events you have to check back with the calendar or merge the events with your own Google Calendar.
  2. EcoSlo’s publishes a good calendar focusing on environmental events Link: Rss Feed: My favorite event of EcoSlo’s are the “Meet and Greet” events with your County Supervisors here is the info for the next event
  3. The SLO Economic Vitality Corporation lists their upcoming events here wish they used a google calendar for their events or at least a RSS feed so I could be notified about what’s going on with the EVC without having to check back on the website.
  4. Cal Poly hosts thousands of events yearly some of which can be found on their event index and the Cal Poly RSS news feed For some reason though the RSS feed doesn’t include all of the listed events on the website, and the event page doesn’t even list all the events that go on at Cal Poly. There is no real easy way to find out what is going on at the University but the two links above are the best way I’ve found so far.
  5. My friend Samson Blackwell maintains one of the best individual calendars focused on local government meetings, farmers markets, and various environmental/social events. Here is the link to his calendar and here is the RSS feed link for the events
  6. To find out what’s going on in the Central Coast Wine scene check out the local wine events calendar and here is the RSS feed for the calendar
  7. The San Luis Obispo Tribune posts a good calendar covering a very wide array of events going on in San Luis Obispo County. Here’s the link many of the other San Luis Obispo calendars though, I really wish they had an RSS feed attached to their calendar.
  8. BONUS! While not a calendar the #1 way I keep up to date with events and what’s going on in San Luis Obispo is Twitter. With Twitter I’m following at least 100 outspoken people who live in the Central Coast area who keep my completely up to date on what’s going on. The San Luis Obispo Tribune has even published a Twitter landing page which will hopefully grow with more content but I highly recommend going on twitter and following the movers and shakers of San Luis Obispo County.

If anyone is wondering what is an RSS feed?? Check out:

What calendars/websites do you use to stay on top of what’s happening on the Central Coast? Please share them with everyone by leaving a comment with the link or feed url.