April 4, 2009
I recently heard a talk by Zappos founder Tony Hsieh. Along the way Tony made a comment about always taking advantage of opportunities to help others, and how often he has experienced people he’s helped subsequently having some positive personal and/or professional impact on him about two years later.
Which got me thinking…
I actually have had a remarkably similar experience. In my line of work it is pretty straightforward to see how establishing relationships with good people can be valuable down the road, whether in the form of investment opportunities, talent to recruit to portfolio companies, or just smart folks who help me understand where the web is going.
And recently I’ve had a raft of encounters with great people I first met 18-24 months ago and whom I had a chance to help or at least get to know well, and who are now helping me in myriad ways, not the least of which is giving me an opportunity to fund them as they leave their mothership and start their own venture.
All of which serves as a great reminder to try and take the extra moment to be helpful to the person looking for a job, or the entrepreneur whose current venture is not a fit for me, or the corporate exec looking for advice on entering startup land. Help them now and chances are many of them will pay it forward…