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A year and a half ago, I was a normal high school student. Droning through my classes, without a startup, just waiting for the bell to ring to the next class. My social life was a mess, as petty high school drama took up most my time. Today, I flew back from traveling across the country to Redwood City, CA. Me, along with my other co-founders, were the youngest team participating the Startup Grind 2017 Global Conference. Startup Grind was an annual conference where the top 100 startups from around the world are selected and invited to showcase their startup. Not only were we invited, but we were selected as one of the top 50 of the top 100 startups in the world to pitch out product, MindMap (getmindmap.com) to over 4,000 people. Over the course of 3 days, we attended a VIP event for the top 50 startups, showcased our startup to thousands of people, spoke with top investors, attended speaking events for Dave McClure, Mark Pincus, Michael Seibel, Vinod Khosla, and made some fantastic new friends. [caption id="attachment_16636" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Testify set up a booth, where they exhibited their startup and demo to thousands of people.[/caption]   There are some invaluable lessons that I have learned throughout this experience that I believe are well worth sharing, along with some stories tied to each. Networking is just the adult version of making new friends On the second day of the event, we were invited to the VIP mixer, a place where the selected top 50 startups got a chance to meet each other, socialize, and network. We got there expecting a formal event where ideas were shared, and companies were pitched. This was not the case. Even though we showed up a few minutes early, the room was already bustling with people not just talking about their companies, but their home towns and countries, cars, jokes, experiences, and just life in general. I learned that day that...