This week, I made it a point to go to a different cafe every day to try and meet some people from the Phoenix area. On Thursday, I went to this cafe/restaurant called The Henry. It was pretty impressive and appeared to be geared towards those looking for a nice business lunch. A guy sitting across from me and I started chatting, and I soon learned that he knew just about everyone who came in and out of there. He introduced me to this guy (John):
Who, in turn, introduced me to this guy (Meghdad):
...and also this beer and coffee house.
These two are developing an app called Feel Free which is a networking app that connects people in the same location to aid us folks with anxiety around initiating conversation.
The best part is that John studied abroad in Italy (like me), and Meghdad speaks Italian. So, I can talk about Italy without feeling pretentious! Jackpot.