Over the last several weeks, we’ve made a series of introductions for a reader in Australia...everything from contacts with family offices to people who are into luxury jewelry and/or have contacts in that space. Once I realized that Or Haviv (Oct. issue) was going to Barcelona to a Smart Cities conference, I connected him to Kenneth Goodwin (Nov. issue - has interest and connections with Smart Cities in the US) and Karan Samra (Future issue - Smart Cities consulting out of Vancouver). A conversation I had with Cameron Brown (Future issue) revealed his travel plans to Vancouver in the coming week. His global multi-sensory tour that educates and inspires the care-taking of our planet gels nicely with Smart Cities ideals, and provided the reason to introduce Cameron to Karan, who is located in Vancouver.
When I started The Introducer a couple of months ago, I had a particular intention in mind-how it would fit as a sort of add-on service to my overall business. But, already, the publication has started to define itself - what it will be, who I am in connection to it, and the gap it needs to fill. We're only into completing the 3rd issue, but, the contacts coming forward and networking happening across continents is amazing. This week alone, I've been able to see and make connections between the director of an accelerator program in Israel, finetech expert in the US, and a Smart Cities consultant in Vancouver--all have Smart Cities in common. What started that introduction "ball" rolling was when the guy in Israel mentioned that he was going to Barcelona soon for a Smart Cities conference. All it took.
A few weeks ago, when I was interviewing Mei Chen for her spotlight as one of the 10-To-Know game changers in the October issue of The Introducer, she mentioned a need to secure feedback from sufferers of chronic illness on her Seenso Platform. My daughter, Jana, who is the Assistant Editor on the magazine, suffers from Crohn's. She is 31 years old and was diagnosed about a year and half ago. Since that time, she's been through a myriad of symptoms and ailments related to the disease...everything from a hump on her neck, back and joint pain, bruise-like rashes, facial eczema, life-altering fatigue, and that's not all. Her disease ultimately caused her to quit her job. She definitely fit the type that Mei wants to meet...and Mei told me so that day on the phone. I made a mental note to introduce them after we had the October issue ready to go live.