Jen is a creative strategist and community developer at Carrot Creative. She’s passionate about community building, entrepreneurship, and the intersection of technology with food and fashion. Jen is a maniacal early adopter and, yes, she really did get @jennifer on Twitter. Travel is in her blood—she has been to over thirty countries in six continents and has lived in Manila, Los Angeles, Paris, and Seville. It was no surprise Jen was excited to speak on our panel to help NYCi and the community get the most out of Internet Week, as she is a community builder at heart!
What Internet Week NY panel are you looking forward to the most?
I’m looking forward to ONLINE = OFFLINE with Fred Wilson, David Lee, and Chris Dixon. They’re three of the smartest men I can think of and few are more qualified to talk about how the abundance of new startups breaks down the difference between the Internet and the “real world.”
What is the most memorable conference you’ve been to?
Both my first and most memorable: SXSWi ’08. Panels all day, parties all night. I don’t think I slept more than five hours that week, but I left feeling refreshed and inspired to go all in to the social media and startup space.
Number #1 networking tip?
Follow up! It’s not hard to cultivate relationships out of quick interactions if you can manage to follow up over the next few weeks to get drinks, coffee, whatever.
Also, bring more cards than you think you’ll need—even then, you’ll still run out. I still use an SMS-based biz card service (like contxts.com) as a backup, so I can just tell people to “text ‘jenrubio’ to 50500” if I run out of cards.
Have any questions for Jen? Write them below in the comments and we’ll ask her during the panel!