I had the pleasure of moderating a panel of excellent entrepreneurs for MBAs at NYU’s Stern School of Business. The panel included Thrillist co-founder Adam Rich, Daily Candy‘s Eve Epstein, Sean Pfitzenmaier of stealth startup Social Sauce, Music Nation founder Daniel Klaus and Jonah Beretti who’s a founder of The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed.
We’ve interviewed entrepreneurs from all over the world and have analyzed startup geography. This panel was interesting because all of the companies were internet based but were mostly media companies at heart. Nevertheless, almost all of the guests said finding engineering talent was their number one challenge.
Is it hard to network with entrepreneurs in New York? I go to a lot of events in the city but had never come across any of the entrepreneurs on my panel before. When I asked about how to plug into NYC’s entrepreneurial scene, Adam mentioned he doesn’t spend much time hanging out with other entrepreneurs. His answer raises an interesting point: Should an entrepreneur spend a lot of time with other entrepreneurs? Do those nightly parties out in Silicon Valley (and increasingly in NYC) pay off?