Follow the money
I like people. I speak to anyone regardless of position or fit in my strategic endeavours.
You could say I’m not a strategic networker but, I also understand Neil Patel’s advice:
The best advice you’ll ever get: Hang out with rich people!
Your potential for success is higher if you are where the money is.
Wealthy people have generally done it before. They can introduce you to people you would otherwise never meet, provide advice when needed and, just by being around them, dramatically lower the barriers to financing.
Of course, you should never hang with someone because of money (they’ll definitely see you coming) but, if you network where the money is, your chances of meeting people you genuinely like and that have access to money will drastically increase.