Top 20 venture cities, networking, and multipotentialites [Venture Kindling]

This Venture Kindling post feature short bits of information I’ve tripped across or developed that can help you light a fire or revive a fire for your venture.

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Kindling from the web:

Top 20 venture hot-spots. More than $42B of venture funding is deployed every year. Not surprisingly, Silicon Valley leads the list of cities with the highest level of venture capital investment. Other cities have risen up that might surprise you, and some are notably absent from the top 20, like my own hometown of Minneapolis. Check out the list of the top 20 startup cities.

Inbound networking. How do you get to know that highly successful person? Make yourself so interesting they’ll choose to seek you out. Dorie Clark explores How Successful People Network with Each Other and suggests three ways you can make yourself more attractive to prominent people in this HBR article.

Multipotentialite superpowers.  Are you interested in a variety of things? Do you have trouble specializing? If so, you’re probably a “multipotentialite” and you have some superpowers at your disposal. In her Ted Talk, Emilie Wapnick explores Why some of us don’t have a one true calling and suggests that multipotentialites have three superpowers at their disposal: idea synthesis, rapid learning, and adaptability. If that strikes a cord, you might also enjoy listening to my Reinventure Me podcast on the same topic.

Latest personal kindling:

7 before-you-go questions. Our special 100th episode of the Reinventure Me podcast was dedicated to the seven questions you should ask before you start out with your own business.

 A little hazy?  Confused about your future? In my post earlier this week I suggest Three things that cloud what’s next.


“It’s rarely a waste of time to pursue something you are drawn to even if you end up quitting.”

— Emilie Wapnick


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