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Try before you buy: speed networking at ReBar [Tech Triangle U]

Students and those looking for a way into the tech scene got a chance to network at a special speed event by Tech Triangle U, in Dumbo's ReBar.

In the Networking Gauntlet at the the Tech Triangle U speed networking event. Photo by Brady Dale.

A lot of people are looking for work in tech right now. As we’ve said previously: companies don’t just want skills but the right fit as well. That said, it might be easier to convince companies that you could fit in if they get to know you over time. That’s why it doesn’t hurt to get on a growing startup’s radar, even if they don’t immediately have the right job for you.

As part of Tech Triangle U, organizers at the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership put together a speed networking event at ReBar last week, featuring some of Brooklyn’s most promising companies and a robust crowd of recent and fairly recent grads turning out to meet with companies.

Christina Wallace, Director of New York for the Startup Institute gave a presentation on tips for networking. We liked her tip about effective eye-darting. Don’t hold contact on one eye too long. Shift around to different parts of the face and even glance away briefly, so people aren’t overwhelmed.

Once she finished, Shaun Johnson, one of the institute’s cofounders, put the room through the paces, matching people up two-by-two and giving them a networking objective.

Here’s what the companies that came said they had come looking for:

Here are some photos of the initial practice networking before attendees got down to business talking to companies.

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Companies: Q-Sensei / Tendigi / EcoLogic Solutions / BioLite / Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
Series: Brooklyn

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