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October 23, 2018

Do You Know Your IR Score?

You’re probably shaking your head and wondering, “A new test? How did I miss this one?”  Don’t worry, I’ll explain.

Last week, all the Venture Cafés (yes, there are now 8 in total) got together in St. Louis, MO for our annual Global Gathering aptly themed “IR” to focus on how we can better connect innovators to make things happen.  Yet, at it’s core, our work is about creating space to cultivate meaningful Individual Relationships.

On a day like today, when hundreds in our community are gathering to each share their individual #MyMiamiStory, we’re wondering: how can we keep Individual Relationships top of mind?

Despite the transactional nature of our daily interactions, relational innovation is on the rise.  Uber, AirBnB, TalkSpace, and are clear indicators of this trend. It’s also no surprise that individualized or human centered care is touted as the next big thing in health sector.

I think it’s because we recognize that now — more than ever — human connection matters. Because ultimately, the purpose of innovation is to improve the human condition.

If you think about it, without people, life would closely resemble the Matrix. Which would totally suck.

Without Individual Relationships, entrepreneurship would be virtually impossible. (C’mon we all know those first few sales come exclusively from friends and family).  Since investors typically invest in the strength of founders and their teams, so funding would probably run dry as well.

Absent the folks in your network who open doors, opportunities would be few and far between.  Worst of all, the community and connections we all hold dear would disappear.

It’s a grim picture.  But, one designed to illustrate the capacity Individual Relationship have to have a positive impact in our personal and professional lives.

Are you building and nurturing Individual Relationships? If not, today is great day to start.

Consider joining us and the team at CIC Miami this afternoon at 3:05 p.m. for free Cafecito, Pastelitos and an informal conversation about how entrepreneurship + equity = meaningful change.  And, don’t forget to share your #mymiamistory and #vcmconnects experiences with us.


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