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6 Types of People You Meet at Every Startup Event

With events lined up almostevery night, it's safe to say that we know a thing or two about hosting startup gatherings. We love our community, and all the interesting characters that come with it. Whether you're a seasoned event attendee or thinking about going to your first one, know that you'll be met with a swell group of people.


THE NEWBIE

This person has never been to a startup event before. They anxiously wait for an opportunity to use some startup lingo they picked up from HBO's Silicon Valley in conversation. Pivot! Ideate! Pain point! (for the rest of us) For these folks, the night can only end one of two ways: they leave early, or end up with more name cards than you.

THE SCRIBE

This person blasts through the doors with their phone already on camera mode, ready to snap / record everything to watch again later. They’re also armed with an iPad or even tripod, just in case something happens to the phone (obviously). Side note: be careful what you say around this person because it could end up on Twitter.

THE PROFESSIONAL

This person is dedicated. Still suited up from their professional job, they ran from the office just to make it to the 7 pm event. Even though they nodded off to the speaker’s soothing voice, you know this person’s going places with their big idea, just as soon as they can slip away from their cushy corporate career. Take a good look – you might be working for them someday.

THE LINGERER

This person loved the talk, and has a lot of questions for the speaker. A couple of dozen name cards in hand, they’re ready to mingle, single or not. A gentle reminder will do, but don’t expect them to leave a second before the doors close, and we love them for that. Often, they're trying to sell a great idea or product, which could very well be the next big thing.

THE INSIDER

This person must’ve been voted most popular. They’re considered to be old-timers in the community, and know all the speakers by name. We only recommend that when you do manage to squeeze past the queue of people waiting to have a moment with The Insider, don't ask them questions they've been asked a million times.

THE TAKEOUT GUY

There’s no better way to say it – this person’s here for one thing and one thing only: pizza. Oh wait, that’s a lie; they’re here for the wine too. They may not care so much for startups, but why not strike up a conversation? You never know where it may lead.

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