I have been part of this Indian startup industry for some time. I have connected folks from various backgrounds to people who will fit for their service or skills.
A founder I met yesterday asked me how much I charge for making an intro. I was dumbstruck, he mentioned in 5 years of his startup journey he has paid money to people who wrote intro mails for him.
I felt bad that our world has become so transactional that even a little help of introduction has come with a price tag.