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David Vandegrift

This post marks the beginning of a series of articles helping junior professionals learn how to build professional relationships. The material in these 10 articles is adapted from a course offered by 4Degrees teaching new entrants into the technology field how to build their professional connections and get ahead in their career.
Sourcing deals is one of the most important and time-consuming activities performed by venture capital firms. Let's explore warm & cold inbound and outbound deal sourcing.
Warm introductions are always preferred over cold outreach for providing a foundation for a strong professional relationship. But if you’re not careful then you could run afoul of several potential pitfalls of this networking fundamental.
Cold outreach. It’s the third rail of relationship development: some people hate it, others swear by it. So what’s the deal with this controversial networking tool?
With great power comes great responsibility. While introductions are a great tool for furthering your relationships, they can be a double-edged sword if you don’t follow some best practices.

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