Networking Chatter via Wall Street Journal Blogs:

Selling part of your company is a lot like seeing your child walk off to their first day of kindergarten and start a life without you. It’s an important moment, a time for reflection — and a little terrifying.

Finding and then attracting the right investor can feel impossible, especially if it’s your first time raising capital…

Leverage your network. To begin the process, you’ll want to look to the people closest to you. Your circle often turns out to be a lot larger than you think when you add in your alumni networks, colleagues, relatives, clients and social media connections. Look for people who are involved in investments or have started companies themselves. Start the process of reaching out to them for ideas. If you don’t already, start having regular lunches and coffees with old friends and colleagues.

Miles Jennings, “Next-Level Networking” via The Accelerators. (Read Original Article here)

Networking Chatter:

A distinguishing characteristic of self-made millionaires is that they network everywhere. Most important, they do it all the time–at business conferences, at the health club, on the golf course or with the person sitting next to them on a plane. This fact alone should motivate you to place yourself in situations where you can meet new people.

– Ivan Misner via Facebook.com (Click here to view original post)

Fatal Networking Mistakes You Can Avoid

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Trying to maximizing opportunities by networking?  Make sure you’re not caught out by these three common mistakes.

Mistake #1: Being “too embarrassed” to ask for help.

If you need help from anyone, make sure you ask! The concept of networking relies on the exchange of favors. At some point in the future you’ll be the one in a position to help.

Mistake #2: Not keeping in touch.

Truly valuable networks are not built overnight – which means that as time passes it’s important that you take the time to ensure you maintain the relationships with your contacts. If you don’t all your initial work will have been in vain.

Mistake #3: Not thanking people.

As we mentioned in point 1, the concept of successful networking relies on asking for and returning favors. Thanking people in an appropriate way is an important part of this equation. If you’re gracious when someone helps you out, it will strengthen the link between you.

As you go about building your network, give yourself a head-start by making sure to avoid these mistakes!

Networking Chatter:

For an entrepreneur, the ability to forge connections is a great asset. When you’re conducting business in a field where you don’t have specialist expertise, it’s often the only way to get a job done right. When our team at Virgin wanted to go to space, I looked for the best engineer in the world to help us build a spaceship. Once we’d connected with Burt Rutan, creator of the revolutionary SpaceShipOne, we were able to get to work on creating Virgin Galactic.

– Richard Branson, Founder and Chairman of Virgin Group via Entrepeneur.com

Social Capital Chatter:

More than ever, networking is critical to an individual’s success in business. A strong contact network, also known as a business development network, where one person from every profession is actively seeking business from and for one another, can help create a virtual Main Street for businesspeople. It provides an environment and a system for a 21st century approach to the traditional model of doing business.

– Ivan Misner, “Investing in Your Social Capital” via Entrepreneur.com (View Original Article)

Press Release: Prospect Visual gets expanded data coverage for EMEA countries

Seattle, WA – This week, IntellectSpace announced that its global database will now include more relationship data from Europe, the Middle East, and African countries. The database – already the largest existing one of its kind – is the basis for several IntellectSpace products, including its flagship relationship mapping platform Prospect Visual.

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TE Connectivity acquires Measurement Specialties Inc. Discover the relationships behind the deal.

Recently, Swiss-based TE Connectivity announced that they had finalized an agreement to acquire Measurement Specialties for approximated $1.7 billion. In this post we’ll take a look at the two companies and the relationships that allowed the acquisition to happen.

The Companies

TE Connectivity, Ltd. designs and manufactures components and products for across several industries including automotive, data communication systems, consumer electronics, telecommunications, defense, medical etc.

The acquisition of Measurement Specialties, a global designer and manufacturer of sensors and sensor-based systems is, according to TE Connectivity CEO, Tom Lynch, “a key part of our strategy to be a leader in the very attractive, high-growth sensor industry and adds nearly $40 billion to our addressable market.”

In a Press Release on June 18th, the company shared the strategic rationale behind the acquisition which includes using the combination of TE’s sensor business with Measurement Specialties’ leading range of sensors and sensor systems to establish a leadership position for TE in the otherwise segmented sensor market.

The Role of Relationships

For an acquisition such as this, an organization’s relationship capital can often play a crucial role. When companies are in the process of planning a merger or an acquisition, connections between key people can be pivotal when it comes to bringing the deal to the table and getting it closed.

Who made this deal happen?

An image taken from a Prospect Visual relationship report gives us a snapshot of some of the mutual connections between the TE Connectivity Board and Measurement Specialties Inc.

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This Path Flow map gives us some insight into who may have helped the deal reach its successful conclusion.

Find out more

Click here to read the original Press Release.

University of Dallas unveils plans for building – who made it possible?

Yesterday it was reported in DallasNews.com that plans for a new business building at the University of Dallas were unveiled.  The Chief architect, Ron Stelmarski spoke about the building at the unveiling and shared his plans to build it so as to provide panoramic views from many of its windows.

Who made it possible?

The building is to be named the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business in honor of the couple whose $12 million donation made the whole project possible. The Guptas both attended the University of Dallas after having applied as a result of viewing a recruitment poster whilst they were still living in India.

Satish Gupta explains their generosity, saying that their alma mater “holds a special place in [their] hearts.” This is unsurprising considering the couple both have several strong connections to constituents from their former school. Below, an image from a Prospect Visual relationship report reveals some of Yasmin Gupta’s connections to the University of Dallas – connections which help her maintain her connection to the school long after graduating.

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