Mentoring · Strategic Partnerships

Best way to go about finding mentors and business partners?

Jesse Huberty Millwright Red Seal / Welder

October 6th, 2015

Currently I am looking to find a mentor and business partners and am looking for the best way to go about it? I work on the road doing construction and use my time after work to go online to reach out to people but have not had any luck so far.
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October 7th, 2015

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Dwayne Johnson Social Alchemist - I build equitable, prosperous, sustainable smart cities and regions.

October 8th, 2015

Suggest determining what you need, why THEY would want to engage with you and be clear with yourself and them about the relationship expectations. Your needs will likely be filled by one or more people with skills and interest in you and/or what you're doing. Here is a way to look at it:

Adviser - Someone who shares knowledge in an area you're less competent
Mentor - Someone who is committed to you and your development
Business Partner - Someone who shares your commitment to the enterprise

You'll notice that as you go down the list, each has an increasing level of skin in the game. 

Advisers are everywhere, from angel groups, industry groups,  places like here, surfing Linkedin. These relationships are usually transactional in nature though they may include many transactions over an extended period (including participating in an advisory board). 

Mentors are a deeper relationship. It is more about you and your journey, though a mentor most likely has experience in areas you'd like to acquire. Since mentors aren't one size fits all, the best ones come through people you know or people who know you, though you can use the channels above to find one. Since you're asking for someone to invest time and energy in you and your development, be sure they're interested and are willing to make the time commitment.  An adviser might be willing to become a mentor. 

Business Partners are another thing entirely. Key to a successful partnership is to first know yourself, the skills you possess the type of relationship you're looking for (peers, hierarchical, co-investment..etc) and let your network know what you're looking for. Local entrepreneurship networks, colleges, friends, angels can be good sources depending on the business stage.  A skills fit is important but make sure your personalities work together. This is a marriage. 
    

Stephen Salaka Product Development Manager at Tsunami Tsolutions LLC.

October 6th, 2015

Would be a good idea to first determine what you are looking for in a business partner or mentor. Once that is done, there are a ton of individuals out there who might be able to point you in the best direction.

Anonymous

October 6th, 2015

A great place to find mentors is right here on FounderDating, connect with Advisors here >> http://members.founderdating.com/browse#/?results=advisors.
Hope that helps!

Mark Sendo Founder, CEO, Forbes Contributor, Conference Speaker, TechCrunch featured story twice

October 11th, 2015

Often times you may not understand what your needs are.  Posting a few questions opens the door to communication.  Share your vision, team etc, good advisers may actually help point the areas and issues you face and need. Ive helped entrepreneurs for years and to share one point:  most dont listen until its too late.  Would be happy to help.

Abolaji Olanipekun Procurement/Supply Chain at FMC Technologies

October 7th, 2015

Jesse, I am in the same shoes as you. I am currently in the process of building an ecommerce application and quite frankly, I am at a point where a highly experinced mentor is just what I need. I am hoping I could connect with one here on founderdating.com.

Henry Daas Coach-Approach Strategic Advisor

October 7th, 2015

I would be happy to chat with anyone interested in finding a mentor. That's what we're here for!

Jesse Huberty Millwright Red Seal / Welder

October 10th, 2015

Thanks everyone for the feedback. Very helpful and much appreciated!