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Worth looking at the actual research itself & what it says about the importance of professional & personal networks to entrepreneurs: 
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1507384 (p.10)

My own experience has been that my friendships from school, undergrad & grad school have all been great personally but have been little help business-wise (of course moving continents may have been a factor in this). My key business relationships here have been former work colleagues, acquaintances from professional associations & close family-type relationships.



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From: Barry Wellman <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: [SOCNET] alumni networks overrated

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says a Business Week survey:

tweeted by orgnet (aka Valdis Krebs)

How Important Are Your Alumni Networks? Not Much!? -- http://bit.ly/4q22gC
via @betseymerkel

Barry Wellman: My undergrad nets are useless, as are my hi school nets,
but my grad nets are super-important to me -- as friends, colleagues,
members of my life convoy.


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