One of the oft repeated phrases for healthy startup communities is that there needs to be serendipitous interactions. The idea with serendipitous interactions is that you never know what relationships, introductions, or advice will help and the more collisions, the better. Confession: I didn’t really appreciate this concept until being able to experience it first-hand at the Atlanta Tech Village.
Prior to ATV, my world was more controlled with regular EO and YPO events once or twice a quarter as well as one-on-one intro meetings a couple times per week via intros from friends. Now, I’m randomly meeting people in the Village several times a week just by being a member of the community and, of course, doing my best to pay it forward. People share, people connect, and people are able to accomplish more faster with the help of others.
Serendipitous interactions are vital to a healthy startup community to increase the number and quality of relationships. I’ve now experienced it over the past 30 days and I’m a believer.
What else? What are your thoughts on the power of serendipitous interactions and startup communities?