#27: Engineering Serendipity Through Internet Communities
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If you’ve interacted with me, you’ll know that curiosity has led me down interesting paths — paths I never would have taken had I not been inclined to conducting micro-experiments.
From commenting on a chance post on a Slack community last year to being offered the opportunity to lead community efforts and social engagement for All Things SaaS, it’s been a series of micro-moments of opportunity.
In late 2020, I was looking for a community of storytellers who could inspire me to hone my storytelling craft. A couple of random Google searches led me to Storytellers Tribe and their Slack community.
I signed up immediately.
As I continue to say in all my networking conversations, sometimes you have no idea where the road is taking you. But, for me, that’s where the magic lies—a serendipitous interaction transforming into an opportunity for growth and learning.
It’s on Storytellers Tribe that I came across Krishna’s podcasting AMA session with the community on one of their Slack channels. It piqued my interest enough to connect with him on LinkedIn.
After a fun, introductory conversation with Krishna in December 2020, we remained connected on LinkedIn.
In the weeks that followed, I heard about Krishna’s amazing podcast, The Takeaway Club, which by the way, I’m a huge fan of, and we stayed in touch.
Cut to February 2021, and I saw Krishna’s friend Mukil make a LinkedIn post about their new venture, All Things SaaS.
They were going to kickstart a mentorship program for people keen to grow their careers in SaaS.
I checked out their website, and I didn’t think twice. I signed up for ATS's cohort programs. It was yet another opportunity for me to learn and grow and strengthen my content and product marketing skills.
All Things SaaS was a chance for me to get better at SaaS marketing. From the first introductory call with Mukil and Krishna to completing three cohort programs with ATS, it’s been an incredible journey of learning.
It just got better when in August 2021, they asked me to lead community growth and engagement for ATS.
Here’s the thing about managing and running communities.
It’s all pro bono stuff. You’re offering your time, energy, and expertise, and in return, you gain the opportunity to network, learn, and grow. So, what keeps you motivated is the passion for the work you’re doing and your belief in the vision.
I’m excited to be part of their team because I get to help them build something from the ground up.
Thank you to Mukil and Krishna for having faith in my passion and enthusiasm.
I’m looking forward to scaling All Things SaaS with this incredible team!
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