Blogger: Any entrepreneur you want to follow, from Fred Wilson to Marc Cuban
Why it’s so great: Quora is a Q&A site where experts actually take the time to seriously answer your questions. You can follow topics like “startups” and “entrepreneurship” and people like Fred Wilson or Mark Zuckerberg. Answers get voted up by by the community so that only the best ones shine. You can find answers to questions like “What is the best way to prepare yourself for entrepreneurship?” or “What are some tips on connecting with high-profile people that can help your startup?”
Top answer by Robert Scoble:
I hang around high-profile people often. Here’s some things that can help you connect:
- Listen. If they say your idea sucks, listen to the feedback, take notes, and ask for contact info. Then go fix the problems, or come up with another idea and demonstrate you listened.
- Get to the point. People like Ron Conway are busy. They are wildly rich, so the only thing that is limited in their life is time. You are taking away some of their most precious resource, so get to the freaking point. Don’t try to chit chat or ask about their kids or make small talk. Go right for the big ask. They are used to it.