Networking for Tech Careers

GVP, Customer Solutions & Technology Partnership, Uniform
Networking

Networking for Tech Careers

Andrew Kumar

Join Andrew, a seasoned and highly skilled networker, in this insightful talk on the art of building and nurturing professional relationships. Andrew brings his extensive experience to the forefront, encouraging you to embrace a flexible approach with your career path. 

In this talk, Andrew challenges the traditional norms of networking. He promotes the idea of forming genuine, heartfelt connections over superficial interactions, a philosophy he encapsulates with 'Not Handshakes, Hugs.' He also introduces you to his unique 1-5-1 networking approach, which is designed to create deeper, more impactful relationships.

Drawing from his vast experience in building a large and diverse network, Andrew shares key insights on being organized. He discusses effective strategies involving the use of calendars, notes, LinkedIn, and email follow-ups to maintain and expand professional networks.

This talk is a great resource for anyone looking to enhance their networking skills. Andrew's approach combines his extensive experience with practical strategies and a focus on authentic connections, offering a unique and effective perspective on building a strong professional network.

Class Episodes
9 episodes (28:41)
Meet Andrew.
Andrew is a master networker, a leader, and advisor for composable digital platform companies, characterized as an ENTJ-A personality.
Navigating Lateral Career Transitions: Andrew's Journey.
Andrew shares his personal career journey.
What are the key differences between project and product management?
Project management vs. product management are totally different terms but often get mixed up.
The 'Hug vs. Handshake' Method.
Andrew introduces a unique networking method he developed called "Hug vs. Handshake."
The 1:5:1 Networking Strategy: Building Quality Connections
Andrew introduces an effective networking method known as the "1:5:1" approach.
The Power of Organization: Building Your Network One Day at a Time
In this episode, Andrew stresses the significance of being organized and adopting a day-by-day approach when it comes to networking and building a strong professional network.
How to Maximize Your Networking Impact
In this video, Andrew underscores the vital role of thorough preparation and value-driven interactions when it comes to effective networking.
The Power of Mentorship
Andrew underscores the vital role of mentors in personal and professional development.
Networking Key Takeaways
Andrew recaps key takeaways from his talk on effective networking and offers actionable steps to kickstart network-building efforts today.
About

Andrew is a leader and advisor for composable digital platform companies, characterized by his ENTJ-A personality type. He holds the position of GVP at Uniform, where he plays a pivotal role in supporting customer solutions and technology partners. 

Andrew's work involves guiding teams through the utilization of a visual workspace within a composable tech-stack. His professional journey is marked by a focus on growing his network, which is integral to his dual-function role. This involves applying technology strategy to resolve customer issues with the aid of a skilled team of engineers, as well as amalgamating tools, capabilities, and people to address these challenges. 

Andrew views his work as solving a complex puzzle, recognizing the importance of a robust network in achieving success in this endeavor.

Skills
Digital Strategy
Design
Entrepreneurship
Product Management
Project Management
Leadership
Marketing Strategy
Social Media
Education
Simon Fraser University
Stanford University
Experience
Head of Product Development, Digital Platforms
TELUS Digital
Director, Digital Product
Publicis Sapient
Director, Platform Strategy & Evangelism
Contentful
Global Head, Go To Market
Stackbit (acquired by Netlify)
GVP, Customer Solutions & Technology Partnerships
Uniform
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