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Hello my friends,

Keeping up with conferences, meetups, and creative events can be a full-time job. And now, with a global pandemic under our belts, meeting others with similar mindsets is a lot more challenging.

But don't worry — as it turns out, one of the best ways to network is not to network. Sounds counterintuitive, right? Maybe, but there's something to this.

Tyler Tringas wrote an article that perfectly sums up my feelings about networking, community, and creation in 2022. He talks about how making things (products, apps, anything) and sharing them is a strong magnet for attracting like-minded people.

And I can attest to that. I've met more people (online), had more fun, and created more business opportunities since the pandemic began simply by prioritizing creation over consumption and sharing the results.

It doesn't matter what you're outputting — it could be blog posts, website templates, productized services, NFTs — you name it. When you create and share, you find your people or your people find you. Either way, you're building relationships that can take you places you hadn't considered.

Until next time,

Matt Downey
@buildyourbridge

How IBM revolutionized corporate America with design

IBM CEO, Thomas J. Watson Jr. implemented ‘Good Design is Good Business' as a part of IBM's corporate strategy.

Zapier's new look

A behind-the-scenes look at some key elements of the Zapier rebrand.

What is sustainable web design?

Web technology has the potential to bring huge benefits to society and the environment, but only if we use it wisely.

The 3-day return to office is, so far, a dud

Apple is the latest company to discover that the three-day office week is kind of a flop.

It's time to build

Our forefathers and foremothers built roads and trains, farms and factories, then the computer, the microchip, the smartphone, and uncounted thousands of other things that we now take for granted. There is only one way to honor their legacy and to create the future we want for our own children and grandchildren, and that's to build.

Twitter has entered the Elon Musk twilight zone

In the tortured deal's alternate reality, it makes sense for the company's leaders to try to force Musk to take over—but things will get tricky if they succeed.

The best networking is not networking

The secret to power networking is: Make something awesome and tell people about it.

How to know when to stop

A guide to avoiding burnout and establishing balance in your life by Andy Johns.

The benefits of open-ended questions in business

Possible answers to open-ended questions are many and can provide massive, often unexpected breakthroughs.

Friday Finds #29

@buildyourbridge

Build Your Bridge is from Matt Downey — an entrepreneur creating content that helps you find better clients, productize your services, and cultivate a thriving creative business.

This week's featured artist is Illo

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