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Networking in my new city

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Santiago….it’s big, it’s unknown and it speaks a foreign language. Also, it does the latter in an notoriously fast way using lots of Chilean specific words. In fact Sid, my solo local friend, sent me a crib sheet with so called Chilenismos (Chilean Slangs)….hmmm rather worrying.

Not speaking the local language really isolates a newcomer so…..Chilean Spanish I must conquer you soon but firstly lets build a social network here to help me integrate and connect with local startups, opportunities and fun activities.

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I’m using a number of different channels to do this including FacebookInternations, friends of friends (good old face-to-face way), Foursquare, Meetup and a A Small World. Let me tell you a bit about the three I found most useful:

Facebook

I found that there is a number of ways to leverage this global social network.

  1. Message friends that have roots in Chile
  2. Write status updates to let people know I am are here which may lead to someone being referred to me or one of my friends actually being in Santiago and
  3. Join facebook groups related to Santiago or other fields/activities I am interested in such as Startup Chile.

Internations

This social network is proving itself indespensible to me in so many ways including flat hunting, finding a bicycle to buy and connecting with expats. Two key features:

  1. There is a powerful member search function in Internations that allows one to search members by profession, education, residence and origin. For instance, I connected with Simon Forgacs, a Hungarian who is here being funded by SUP Chile to startup Kipu Linguas (an online education platform).
  2. This platform has lists of local expat groups such as A Horseback Riding group which I joined and will go horseback riding with this Sunday. I can’t wait!

Meetup.com

I cannot emphasise enough how amazing this site is. This platform provides access to tons of meetup groups which meet for a wide variety of reasons. In London there are thousands of meetup groups ranging from tech to cupcake baking groups. In Santiago I joined a couple of tech meetups which will hopefully get me integrated into the local startup scene.

So far I am attending a Startup Chile event (using Meetup), a horseback riding day (using Internations) and I’ve connected and arranged to have coffee with 4 people in the coming days (using various social networks). Should be a fun week 🙂

Thanks for reading 🙂

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Author: Miklos Grof

Miklos is the CEO and co-founder of Fundacity. Fundacity is making startups investing easier. Fundacity already supports all the notable accelerators in LatAm in their startup selection and management and they are expanding rapidly across Asia-Pacific and Europe. With the recently launched Fundacity Investments Clubs it seeks to simplify the startup investing process in emerging markets and make it accessible to more people. Miklos has unique and extensive experience in start-up formation, business development and venture financing. He has raised and evaluated investment offers in venture capital from angels and VCs from three continents for a variety of deals. He thrives at launching businesses and making sales in new geographies. Miklos currently serves as a financial advisor and mentor for various start-ups including Taggify (an online contextual advertising company based in New York and Buenos Aires). At Taggify, Miklos advises on fundraising, financial reporting to the board of investors, tax filling and cash flow management. Miklos completed his MsC in Finance at the London School of Economics and previously worked in corporate finance at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London, fund sales at UniCredit Vienna and economic research at Erste Bank Budapest. He is a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW, Institute of Chartered Accountant England and Whales and is quinti-lingual. He is passionate about startups and entrepreneurship and spends his free time engaging with the startup community.

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