Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City

Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City

by Brad Feld

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Overview

An essential how-to guide to building supportive entrepreneurial communities

"Startup communities" are popping up everywhere. In cities like Montreal, Boston, New York, Chicago, Boulder, and even countries as varied as Wales and Iceland, co-working ecosystems are driving innovation and small business energy. Startup Communities documents the buzz, strategy, long-term perspective, and dynamics of building communities of entrepreneurs who can feed off of each other's talent, creativity, and support. If you think Silicon Valley is the only place to start your latest venture, this book is a smart wake-up call. These days, great business ideas can come from anywhere.

  • Perfect for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists seeking fresh ideas and new opportunities
  • Author Brad Feld has been an early-stage investor and successful entrepreneur for more than twenty years and has founded or served on the board of dozens of companies

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118441541
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/09/2012
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 621,891
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Brad Feld has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur for over twenty years. Prior to cofounding Foundry Group—a Boulder, Colorado–based early-stage venture capital fund that invests in information technology companies all over the United States—he cofounded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures, a company that helped launch and operate software companies. Feld is also a cofounder of TechStars and has been active with several nonprofit organizations. He is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship.

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Table of Contents

FOREWORD ix

PREFACE xi

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xvii

CHAPTER ONE Introduction 1

CHAPTER TWO The Boulder Startup Community 5

CHAPTER THREE Principles of a Vibrant Startup Community 21

CHAPTER FOUR Participants in a Startup Community 31

CHAPTER FIVE Attributes of Leadership in a Startup Community 47

CHAPTER SIX Classical Problems 59

CHAPTER SEVEN Activities and Events 73

CHAPTER EIGHT The Power of Accelerators 109

CHAPTER NINE University Involvement 121

CHAPTER TEN Contrasts between Entrepreneurs and Government 141

CHAPTER ELEVEN The Power of the Community 147

CHAPTER TWELVE Broadening a Successful Startup Community 157

CHAPTER THIRTEEN Myths about Startup Communities 169

CHAPTER FOURTEEN Getting Started 179

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 189

INDEX 191

EXCERPT FROM STARTUP LIFE 199

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"Mr. Feld wants to make it clear that all sorts of cities across the world can become home to job-creating new businesses if only they foster the necessary culture. He sets out a framework for a successful start-up community. . . . if more people contributed to the places in which they live, as Mr. Feld and others have evidently done in Boulder, we probably would have more start-up communities around the world for him to visit."—Jonathan Moules, Financial Times book review, November 15, 2012

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