How did you become an expert connector?
I’ve always been this way. Even in high school, I had friends from all different cliques, and I easily navigated those relationships. I’m highly extroverted and curious, and I love getting to know people, trying to find a way to connect without manipulating the conversation.
What’s the power of connection?
As humans, we’re wired for it. We need connections; it’s a concern I have right now. Of course,
you have different personality types and different ways we gain and lose energy, but we’re
hardwired for relationships. The power is in building community so you can help people when
they need it. Selfishly, if you can make money from it, that’s great. For example, it took a friend
who knew me well to tell me he thought I could do really well in this business. This came about
because of a connection with someone who saw a strength I didn’t. There are broad connections and deep connections. Broad connections expand your opportunities, and deep
connections expand your relationships.
How have you found coworking space valuable?
I’m someone who has always enjoyed going to the office. I’ve had all kinds of experiences, from plywood desks to nice offices, studios, cubicles, offices that were too big, and open
environments that were too open.