"Startup communities" are popping up everywhere, from citieslike Boulder to Boston and even in countries such as Iceland. Thesetypes of entrepreneurial ecosystems are driving innovation andsmall business energy. Startup Communities documents thebuzz, strategy, long-term perspective, and dynamics of buildingcommunities of entrepreneurs who can feed off of each other'stalent, creativity, and support.
Based on more than twenty years of Boulder-based entrepreneurturned-venture capitalist Brad Feld's experience in the field?aswell as contributions from other innovative startupcommunities?this reliable resource skillfully explores what ittakes to create an entrepreneurial community in any city, at anytime. Along the way, it offers valuable insights into increasingthe breadth and depth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem bymultiplying connections among entrepreneurs and mentors, improvingaccess to entrepreneurial education, and much more.
- Details the four critical principles needed to form asustainable startup community
- Perfect for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists seeking freshideas and new opportunities
- Written by Brad Feld, a thought-leader in this field who hasbeen an early-stage investor and successful entrepreneur for morethan twenty years
Engaging and informative, this practical guide not only showsyou how startup communities work, but it also shows you how to makethem work anywhere in the world.
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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.
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
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 189
EXCERPT FROM STARTUP LIFE 199
What People are Saying About This
"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