You may have heard the saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” an old adage that still rings true today.
Networking may seem daunting to students who feel like a small fish in a big pond, luckily social media sites like Twitter and LinkedIn allow us to connect with people who otherwise would be unreachable. But these sites are not perfect and communication is still in a virtual-only format.
Ten Thousand Coffees, a Toronto-based company, aims to change all that by helping young people connect in a way that’s never been done before.
As a student/young professional, all you need to do is set up a profile as a novice. From there, you are able to browse the experts also registered on the site. You send an invitation to the expert and then set up a time to meet, whether it be in person for coffee, over video chat or a conversation on the phone. Ten Thousand Coffees bridges the gap between young people and leaders across a number of industries.
I spoke with 26-year old founder Dave Wilkin to get a bit more information about this revolutionary platform.
Vanessa Naughton: Ten Thousand Coffees is a relatively new company. What kind of growth have you seen since you launched the website?
Dave Wilkin: We started Ten Thousand Coffees with 300 [experts], and within 48 hours we doubled that number, just from launching the website. Now we’re at 2,000 experts from 700 companies in over 35 industries. Most of these leaders are waiting to go for coffee with young people.
VN: Why do you think it’s important for young people to have a networking tool like Ten Thousand Coffees?
DW: Young professionals and recent grads have so many great skills and new skills, but traditional tools like resumes and job fairs weren’t working. We knew if we had a global platform for young people to more effectively share their ideas and skills, they’d be able to catch the interest of leaders that have so much opportunity for them. [The website] tenthousandcoffees.com allows any young person no matter who they are or where they are from to be able to get their ideas and questions in front of people that are making decisions.
VN: What’s next for tenthousandcoffees.com?
DW: Right now we’re coast to coast in every town, city, nook and cranny in Canada, although we do have experts all over the world who are looking to meet young Canadians. Over the next few months you’ll see that we’ll start expanding into other countries focusing on places that not only wanttenthousandcoffees.com but also where the young people need an outlet like tenthousandcoffees.com.
For more information on how you can join the movement, take a look at the video below: