As a newbie in LA, I was pretty much attending any and every event I could get my hands on! I attended a lot of events including some fun networking events but my first Amplify event really changed the way I thought about meeting people in a new city. Amplify's focus on the human aspect of interactions, while it seems completely obvious, is something we actually don't often focus on (especially if you've come from a high-speed city like New York!), and I realized that just "getting business" was not in fact what I really wanted out of a new acquaintance anyway. I wanted true connection. And that's what I got and continue to get through Amplify.