For those note familiar with Ohours, it’s my friend Nate‘s new experiment with helping to connect people looking to network and connect with other interesting people. He also coded it from start to finish as his working education to learning programming. I thought I’d try it.
I held my first Ohours day on Friday, January 7. I made an hour of my time available in 20 minute increments and met with three different people. I had absolutely no idea what to expect going in and was very curious to see who would pick me.
I will leave out the names of the people I met with due to confidentiality purposes but will give some insight into the content of the meetings and my overall opinions:
- Probably no shock, all three meetings had to do with entrepreneurship and for me to give quick feedback on certain aspects of their business (fundraising, business development, hiring)
- The meetings underscore to me that the New York tech scene has a lack of development talent which has been written about quite a bit lately or people just do not know where to look (which seems to be less of an issue now)
Here is some advice if you are using Ohours (and feedback for the product in general):
- 20 minute meetings are tough. By the time you are done with intro’s, then you have 10 minutes to talk. Not a ton of time. I’d say minimum meeting times should be 30 minutes (an extra 10 mins means a lot)
- Ohours should send an email with brief bio’s of each person you are meeting with. I actually had only met one of the three people I had met with before and wasn’t able to research their backgrounds before meeting individually with them. If Ohours could pull from the various sources online (like LinkedIn) with bio information, it would be helpful.
- A private feedback mechanism would be helpful to see how the participants in the meeting felt about it. It could be less about “did I like the person” but more about “did the meeting add or enrich value” (or something along those lines)
The next 2 weeks are grueling for me and laden with travel so I’ll have another Ohours in February. It’s not posted yet on the site but will tweet it out when it eventually is posted.