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Networking Tips For Startup Founders by Regina Rahim of Wahine Capital

Networking is one of the most essential skills for any startup founder. It is primarily about building relationships with people.

The first step to networking is to put yourself out there, be it on social media, at events, meetings, conferences, or any place that has people. The goal of networking is to build a quality network of people who can help grow your startup.

So, how do you network efficiently?

We caught up with Rejina Rahim, the founder of Wahine Capital to share some networking wisdom for startup founders.

Wahine Capital is a Malaysian fintech startup focusing on women’s financial empowerment. Together with Sherry Sheriff, they aim to empower Malaysian women by securing their relationships with finance through education, skills, and collaborative platforms.

Here are the top tips that Rejina shared with us:

Have an open mind

Networking exposes you to new schools of thought and ideologies.

Ask questions, listen actively, and learn from others. This can be done by showing interest in their stories, their challenges, and their goals.

With the willingness to be learn, you’ll show that you’re open to new ideas and perspectives

Don’t be a robot!

The easiest way to build trust is by being genuine and authentic. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not.

At the end of the day, people like working with people they like. Keep the conversation fun, engaging, and focus on making friends first, and connections second.

Stay in touch 

Networking is more than just exchanging business cards.

Don’t just reach out to others when you need something, or disappear after a one-time interaction. Instead, keep in touch regularly, and show that you’re committed and reliable.

Were the tips above helpful?  Do you see yourself as a future entrepreneur?” At 1337 Ventures, we’re all about turning ideas into successful startups. Get in touch with us via Pitch Tuesday or register your interest in the upcoming Alpha Startups™ Pre Accelerator programme to grow your startup.

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