The nascent and growing fields of network and complexity science reveal much of the math that logically roots the “why” for what we intuitively already know about the real reasons to connect in a “network.” We understand that linking gives us the ability to assist as well as be assisted and that is what constitutes a very powerful edge or link. Yet we also can grasp that the power of a network is directly related to the factor of “n” nodes in that network – where “n” is both a figurative and literal multiplier in terms of capacity for a business. Network science reveals that the latent power in a network is closely related to the number of nodes and more importantly quality of edges in a network. However, what we may not often consider is that the principle that really propels a networks quality is that the “brand experience” is realized at scale through “relational thinking” – building lasting relationships that go beyond the nature of the present transaction or edge (this future is what we’re really interested in). As TechFire builds connections for a southern Maryland entrepreneurial eco-system, we are attentive and examining what these initial conditions mean for the long-haul. We are looking at building this “Southern MD relational database” that goes beyond the near-term… A healthy way of thinking?