Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 6, 2012 - Business & Economics - 224 pages
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An essential guide to building supportive entrepreneurialcommunities

"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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Principles of a Vibrant Startup
Participants in a Startup
Attributes of Leadership in
Classical Problems
Activities and Events
The Power of Accelerators
University Involvement
Contrasts between Entrepreneurs
The Power of the Community
Broadening a Successful
Myths about Startup
Getting Started
About the Author
Excerpt from Startup Life

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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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