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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ISBN-13: 9781118441541
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/09/2012
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 548,214
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Brad Feld has been an early-stage investor andentrepreneur for over twenty years. Prior to cofounding FoundryGroup—a Boulder, Colorado–based early-stage venturecapital fund that invests in information technology companies allover the United States—he cofounded Mobius Venture Capitaland, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures, a company thathelped launch and operate software companies. Feld is also acofounder of TechStars and has been active with several nonprofitorganizations. He is a nationally recognized speaker on the topicsof venture capital investing and entrepreneurship.

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Table of Contents




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




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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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