As a modern day "LinkedIn Influencer" with a substantial following, John Yates walks through how business friendships forged over the internet can be a valuable, yet under-utilized asset for the growth of one's entrepreneurial endeavors. John C. Yates is one of the pioneer attorneys in technology law. He has been cited at the U.S. Supreme Court, published in technology business and law textbooks, and quoted extensively in publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The Economist. John is also an active believer in the power of LinkedIn for business success, and currently has over 22,000 followers on the platform. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.