Bertrand Sosa, an entrepreneur and investor whose current company is Rev Worldwide, says networking is critical because we live in a connected world. Sosa says he didn’t realize that when he and his brother Roy started NetSpend, now a publicly traded company, in 1999. The brothers, who emigrated from Mexico at a young age and didn’t speak English at first, didn’t realize how many people were prepared to help them. “The networking effect of the American Dream isn’t exactly spelled out for you,” he says.
In this video, he talks about the networking that goes on at RISE, a nonprofit conference that he and his brother started for entrepreneurs. He also advises entrepreneurs to make networking a priority as they build their companies.