Artificial Intelligence in Relationship Management with Ablorde Ashigbe of 4Degrees
Social Networks, CRMs, and even Excel spreadsheets have been great for storing professional relationships. For dealmakers, getting a foot in the door with a new client requires access beyond 1st degree connections. Who do your colleagues know? What is the nature of the relationship and how strong is it? These questions are golden, yet current systems underperform in providing the answers. 4Degrees, a Chicago-based AI startup is seeking to be the solution.
In this episode, I sit with Ablorde Ashibe (Co-Founder & CEO of 4Degrees) to discuss how artificial intelligence is revolutionizing relationship management, finding the right co-founder, evaluating whether an accelerator is right for a startup, and much more.
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Show Notes with Timestamps (VIDEO):
2:52 Why 4Degrees exists and how it came to be
6:20 Diving deeper into your professional relationships to open business opportunities
7:05 How an investor might leverage 4Degrees to close a deal
8:55 How AI is used to power relationship management and development
11:15 Finding a Co-Founder and establishing a Founding team
13:48 Joining the 2017 Techstars Chicago class
15:03 Evaluating whether an accelerator is the right step (equity vs. access)
16:59 Thinking about the first few hires as a startup (mentality and culture)
19:38 Convincing talented people to join the startup journey
21:33 Most effective tech tools used by 4Degrees
22:53 Inspirational business leader: Karen Snyder of Textio
22:54 Spend 2x the time on finding the right “first hires”
Next Episode: Nash Ahmed, Founder & CEO of Undock