Today’s guest leads executive networking and executive talent initiatives at Insight Venture Partners. Insight is a leading global venture capital and private equity firm investing in high-growth technology and software companies that are driving transformative change in their industries. Founded in 1995, Insight has raised more than $18 billion and invested in over 300 companies worldwide.
Prior to joining Insight, she was a Principal at True Search, an international executive search firm, where she led and drove executive searches across scaling venture and private-equity backed technology companies.
I was eager to interview her after reading her blog post “Networking is a Craft, Not a Chore” written in response to a New York Times article by Adam Grant in which he argues that networking is overrated. I’ll include a link to both articles in the show notes.
Please join me in welcoming Helen Hua.
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In this episode we discuss:
- her view on leadership: “Leadership is doing something scary that makes you feel brave. You can be a leader in a million different ways.”
- how she was naturally a leader because of her ability to find gaps and step up to fill them.
- her passion for helping entrepreneurs who are working to make their dreams a reality.
- how she aims to be thoughtful around networking relationships to ensure she is offering value to the people she engages with.
- her method for finding and nurturing mentoring relationships.
- her passion for the work she does at Insight and working with many amazing people.
- “Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences” by Robbie Samuels
- ScheduleOnce makes it easy to schedule meetings without all the usual back and forth messages.
- “Good News for Young Strivers: Networking Is Overrated” by Adam Grant
- “Networking is a Craft, Not a Chore” by Helen Hua
- Listen to my interview with Dorie Clark.
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- On the Schmooze podcast archive and show notes for recent episodes
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