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Oct 29, 2019 12:55:35

Impressing people is utterly different from being truly impressive

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Abhinaya Konduru

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The title was a tweet that I recently saw that summarized how I was feeling about what it means to introduce my self. My job as a VC requires me to talk about myself more than I am comfortable with. Like introducing myself more than ten times in a day.

I have to repeat the same story of what I used to do, what I did in college, how I got into VC, what I do as a VC, and what my general industry interests are.

I do this so often it makes me think I am a narcissist. It's hard to turn it off when you jump over to more personal introductions at a friend's party or new people that I meet at different activities. In those settings, I feel like I am trying to impress other people when I talk about what I do, but that is not true. A lot of my friends don't know much about what I do, and they see it as an "exotic" concept or topic, and they want to know more about it. I am ok with that, but I can't always see if that is a scenario or not.

I have concluded that in my friends' eyes that I do impressive things, and they want to learn more about it.

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