I'm a software engineer with an interest in finance. I'm hoping to get some suggestions on how to connect with people who have similar interests. The eventual goal being, to create a startup of some type. I'd even be interested in joining projects already under way.
You might also do some reading to become familiar with basic terminology, common pricing models and so forth. Perhaps contribute to an existing open-source quant project (e.g., quantlib) or start your own; even if it's something as simple as cleaning up code, writing tests/examples/documentation, etc., you'll learn lots.