Ultimate Networking Tips Entrepreneurs Can Use

Ultimate Networking Tips for Enterpreneurs

Helpful networking tips for startups, job seekers, entrepreneurs and small businesses from Sandbox Suites, the coworking space for everyone.

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1. Take it online

When you meet someone and receive a business card, unless you are building an impressive business card collection, take it online. Find the person on LinkedIn; if they don’t have LinkedIn, send them an invite! Find them on Twitter and respond to one of their tweets- even if it’s personal and not professional. Follow them on Instagram, or Pinterest. Personally, I’d draw the line at Facebook friend request until after you’ve logged a few real time hours. (However, if they have a company Facebook page, DO like that.)

Protip: if you are lurking a few years deep on their Instagram, try not to like their photos. There’s a thin line between ‘cool new connection from networking event!’ and ‘I think this person is online stalking me.’ Invite them to another similar meetup or event instead where you can take new pictures!

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2. Make Authentic Connections

Unless you are the host or an extreme extrovert with the attention span of a toddler (and if you are, you do you) DO NOT work the room. If you are having a great conversation with someone who matches or complements both your personality and your professional interests, stick with it. If you start chatting and realize that this person is your mortal enemy, or simply the most annoying person you’ve ever had the displeasure of making small talk with, then politely excuse yourself and move on. If you look around and realize you’ve only made one solid connection, that’s okay! With a really authentic connection, you’ll feel much more comfortable following up and connecting with them in the future.


3. Follow Up

When you tell a potential colleague, ‘let’s get coffee!’ follow up and actually invite them to coffee. Offer to make an intro email?  Do it! If you find a meetup, networking event or class similar to the one where you met, ping that person and ask if they’d like to meet you there. At minimum, refer to step 1 and connect online after your real life connection. The new contact will remain current and viable.


4. Host Your Own Event

Are you an expert in a field? Strangely good at knitting? Always wanted to make your own zine? Interested in starting a podcast or teaching people the basics of digital photography? Search for meetups or events in that category and in your area through networking websites like meetup.com. If you find an existing event, offer to host, teach, volunteer or just go!

No upcoming events? Be proactive and message the event organizer and submit your idea, or ask to host the next event. If you are a member of a coworking space, many times meeting rooms and common areas are available on evenings and weekends at no cost to members. Coworking spaces are also a great way to learn about events and classes!

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5. Quality Over Quantity 

I cannot emphasize this point enough: one authentic connection can be infinitely more valuable than a stack of random business cards. If you click with someone right away, don’t feel guilty cultivating that conversation all night. It will be much more rewarding in the long run.

And keep in mind that you may not hit a networking home run at every event you attend. Sometimes you’ll get nothing more than a drink and a good meal. But meeting a new investor, a valuable business resource or your new boss only needs to happen once!

If you’re having a great chat, but don’t want to seem too exclusive, introduce yourself and your new found connection to someone nearby. Make sure to connect online and follow up with your new colleagues and friends.


Put your newfound networking skills to work at our Grand Opening Party for our brand new Palo Alto Sandbox!

Register HERE

Good luck out there! Networking can be rewarding and fun.

Event, Events, Events!

With the Holiday season upon us Sandbox Suites and our partners are getting in gear for some exciting upcoming events. We are hosting a wide array of events from startup sales workshops to the first of a series of Ultracode events sponsored by Intel. We are also giving back to the community this coming month – Sandbox is proud to announce we are joining forces with the SF and Marin county food bank to give back to this wonderful community. Funders and Founders is back at Sandbox Suites with a lawyer/investor panel and their International Founders and Startup immigration Q&A. 

We look forward to seeing you all there – Here’s a breakdown of whats coming up. Remember – all events are open to the public and free for SBS Members. You can also click on the image above to be directed to our calendar. 

Intel Ultracode Meet & Greet + Demo’s

Wednesday December 5th 2012 – Sandbox Suites (South Park)

Startup Sales Meetup 

Monday December 10th, 2012  – Sandbox Suites (South Park)

Sandbox Suites Food Drive Begins

Monday December 10th – Friday December 14th – Sandbox Suites – (All Locations)

International Founders and Startup Immigration Program

Wednesday December 12th 2012 – Sandbox Suites (South Park)

Happy Hour Q&A with JustShareIt (SBS members only)

Thursday December 13th –  Sandbox Suites (South Park)

Sandbox Suites Holiday Happy Hour (Open to Public) 

Thursday December 20th – Sandbox Suites (ALL LOCATIONS!)
Join us at of of our four locations for cocktails and mingling.

Flurry TechHub SF – Hosting Monthly Developer meetups at SBS!

Sandbox has partnered with Flurry TechHub to bring the SBS some valuable tech centric events. 

Flurry TechHub is a free-to-attend event that brings together high-caliber developers, founders, entrepreneurs and investors in the technology community. Group Meetups include both technical and market-oriented sessions and meet on a monthly basis. Their primary objective is to educate the market and help expand and inspire the developer base in creating and monetizing mobile applications. Flurry TechHub Meetups are held across the world’s top tech centers including San Francisco, New York, and London.

Meet the smartest, most innovative tech entrepreneurs in your community. Build relationships and share ideas in a relaxed setting over free drinks, free food and free knowledge.

Flurry TechHub’s first SBS hosted event will be TOMORROW evening Tuesday August 28th at 6pm at our South Park space. Tomorrow evening’s meetup will focus on “making some killer android apps!”  Details below. Please RSVP on eventbrite.

Making money on Android can be hard.  Many developers devote countless hours to building, testing, and marketing their apps only to fall short.  In this meetup, we’ll go over everything you need to know to get started including tips, tricks and benchmarks to reach optimal performance.  We’ll look at continuous integration and automated android builds, and testing of android devices out in the wild.  We’ve pulled together a panel of developer experts from across the app industry to describe their testing Dos and Don’ts. 


Join us: Tuesday, August 28 at Sandbox Suites for pizza, beer, networking and hear some success stories from developers who dedicate their time and efforts towards making some killer android apps.
Moderator: Bisera Ferrero, Sr. Solutions Architect @ Flurry
  • Nicholas Talarico, Founder & CEO of 12Gigs
  • David Zhang, Lead Developer, SideCar

Girl Power Comes to South Park

Believe in girl power? Come see it for yourself on February 22nd!

We’re partnering with Girls in Tech to bring you a conversation between Ben Parr, former editor of Mashable and startup advisor, and Leah Busque, founder of TaskRabbit and prominent woman leader in the technology sector.


Ben will be interviewing Leah about her wildly successful startup TaskRabbit, the explosion of service networking, and what it’s like to be a “girl in tech.”

You won’t want to miss this much entrepreneurial star power in one place!

When: February 22, 2012

Where: Sandbox Suites in South Park

Tickets: $15 for public, free admission for Sandbox members

RSVP on Eventbrite.

No Valentine? No problem! Startup Waffles at Sandbox

Come get warm and fuzzy over delicious waffles and great networking!

Meet exciting startups in mobile, gaming, media and other creative fields at our buzzing South Park location!

Taken or single, come ready to eat (and mingle).

When: February 14th, 8:30am

Where: Sandbox South Park

Tickets: This event is FREE but please remember to R.S.V.P. so we save you a plate!


Interested in other events we’re hosting? Check out the Events Calendar!

Berkeley Hosts Tax Tips for Self-Employed

Didn’t get a chance to catch our Tax Tips for the Self-Employed event at Union Square this past Tuesday? Don’t worry – we’ve got another one coming up in Berkeley next Tuesday, January 31st. If you’re self-employed, don’t miss this chance to learn how to get the most out of this tax season.


Eric Erhardt, JD & LLM, has worked as a tax professional since 1998. At Stallcup & Voie, Eric specializes on tax returns for individuals with Schedule C (sole-proprietor), closely held corporations, partnerships, LLC, foreign partnerships and foreign diregarded entities. Check out Stallcup & Voie at www.StallcupandVoie.com.

 He’ll discuss:

  • Deductions: home office, auto expenses and how to calculate
  • Documentation: what you need to keep for your records
  • Sole-proprietor: general mechanics of Schedule C

When: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PT)

Where: Sandbox Suites, 1900 Addison St. Suite 200, Berkeley, CA


6:30-7 Refreshments & networking

7-8:30 Talk + Q&A

8:30-9 Networking


Tickets are $10 in advance and FREE for Sandbox Suites members. RSVP here to reserve your spot. Space is limited so be sure to reserve early.

Please note: $20 tickets may be available at the door. 

Tax Prep Advice for the Self-Employed at Sandbox

Are you self-employed and dreading tax season? Come to Tax Tips for the Self-Employed on January 24 to learn tax tips and tricks from San Francisco superstar CPA Jason Stallcup of Stallcup & Voie!

Topics include

• Tax law changes: treatment of health insurance premiums and lowered self-employment tax

• Documentation: what you need to keep for your records

• Entity options: should you create an LLC or Corporation

• Common deductions: home office, auto expenses, travel, meals, etc.


Jason Stallcup is a CPA with an entrepreneurial background focusing on the self-employed and small-to-medium sized businesses. His expertise lies in tax preparation for all entity types and accounting services for businesses. Check out Stallcup & Voie.

Tax Tips for the Self-Employed

When: Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Sandbox Suites Union Square, 567 Sutter St.

Tickets: are $10-15 for public, free for Sandbox members

RSVP: on Eventbrite

——– Interested in other events we’re hosting? Check out the Events Calendar! ——–

Startup Waffles at Sandbox SOMA

 It’s almost winter, so come get warm and fuzzy over delicious waffles and great networking! Come
meet exciting startups in mobile, gaming, media and other creative fields.

When: Wednesday, December 7 8am-10am

Where: Sandbox SOMA, 123 10th St.

Cost: free if you RSVP here!



Three Berkeley Business Events You Won’t Want to Miss!

Calling all Berkeley entrepreneurs!

Want to develop your professional skills? Dying to learn more about what’s going on in your field or others? Or just looking to network with a group of awesome like-minded individuals? Then be sure to check out these upcoming business events in Berkeley!

1. The UC Berkeley Lester Center for Entrepreneurship Presents:

“Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs”

Part of the Entrepreneurial Best Practices Series

What: Ever wonder about the legal framework that exists to protect your company’s valuable intellectual assets? Heard of patents, copyrights, and trademarks, but don’t really know what they are or how they are used? In this installment of The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship’s Entrepreneurial Best Practices Series, Sarah Duval Harrington and George Willman will explore how the legal concept of intellectual property rights can affect the success or failure of a new business or startup venture.

When: Tuesday, October 25. Food and networking at 6:30pm, presentation at 7pm.

Where: UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Wells Fargo Room.

This event is free and requires no registration!

2. The UC Berkeley Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Presents:

Cyriac Roeding, CEO of Shopkick

Part of the Life as an Entrepreneur Series

What: Want some advice from a pro? The UC Berkeley Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology’s Life as an Entrepreneur Series brings prominent innovators from various technological and entrepreneurial backgrounds to Berkeley and gives them the opportunity to share their successes and failures so that others can learn from their experiences. This lecture features Cyriac Roeding, the founder and CEO of Shopkick, Inc. Shopkick bridges the gap between the mobile and the retail worlds by allowing customers to receive rewards just for walking into a store. The world’s first 100% performance-based marketing platform in the physical retail world, Shopkick was named the top retail app of 2010 by the Wall Street Journal, and one of the world’s “10 most innovative companies in retail” by Fast Company.

When: Tuesday, October 25, at 5:00pm.

Where: UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Anderson Auditorium

This event is free but seating is limited so arrive early!

3. The UC Berkeley Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Intel Present:

“The 7th Annual Intel Global Challenge”

What: The Intel Global Challenge is a global business competition focused on technology. Twenty-eight teams from nearly twenty countries will compete in private judging sessions during the week leading up to this event. On the evening of this high stakes event (up to $100,000 in prizes are on the line!), attendees will enjoy a reception with complimentary drinks and hors d’oeurves and a talk by Keynote Speaker Dr. Genevieve Bell, followed by presentations from the top eight final competitors, and a presentation of awards to the winning teams. All guests will be invited to participate in the selection of the “People’s Choice Award,” the winner of which will receive a $5,000 prize.

When: Thursday, November 10. Reception at 5:30. Keynote Speaker, Finalist Presentations, and Awards Ceremony from 6:30-8:30.

Where: The reception will take place in the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Bank of American Forum. The keynote speech, presentations, and awards will be given in Andersen Auditorium.

This event is free but you must register by November 8!

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