Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 28, 2020 - Business & Economics - 256 pages

First published in 2012, Startup Communities became a blueprint for what it takes to build a supportive entrepreneurial community. Now regarded as a classic, the "Boulder Thesis" created and popularized by Feld within the book generated enormous media attention nearly a decade ago.

At that time, Boulder was an emerging startup laboratory—a hub of innovation building new tech businesses. It quickly accelerated into a world class ecosystem for entrepreneurs. Boulder's entrepreneurial density, combined with the geographic concentration of entrepreneurial activity around the Boulder downtown core, made it a hotbed of startup activity. Feld was and is still there, as a keen observer and one of its leaders. As he notes simply in the new edition, humans are wired to start things.

In a sense, that short Feld-ism accurately describes the startup revolution still taking hold throughout the world. Boulder is proof that innovation can happen anywhere, in any city. Thanks in part to the book, what happens in Boulder now leaves Boulder. Rapidly growing startup communities in Atlanta, Detroit, Denver, Kansas City, Nashville, and Indianapolis are just a few examples. Over the last decade, Feld has dispelled the myth that startups can only thrive in Silicon Valley.

Startup communities continue to pop up across the U.S. and around the world, prompting fresh new revelations and stories from Feld about what's happened over the last decade. Startup Communities 2e describes what makes a startup community ecosystem first click, then hum, and in time, excel. From Boulder to Beijing and beyond, entrepreneurial ecosystems are driving innovation. Startup Communities 2e discusses and the necessary dynamics and pre-conditions of building communities of entrepreneurs who can feed off each other's talent, creativity, and support.

In Startup Communities 2e, Feld will help you understand:

  • The core principles of a vibrant startup community, re-examining his Boulder Thesis and exploring other historical frameworks.
  • The attributes of leadership in a startup community that can help it thrive along with the classical problems any community will face during development.
  • The importance of a university in a startup community, and how large companies can engage effectively with entrepreneurs.
  • The importance of continuous improvement so growth does not stagnate.
  • The common myths about startup communities.
  • The opportunities to build startup communities in non-urban, or rural, places that are much less populated.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER
1
CHAPTER THREE
21
CHAP TER FOUR
31
CHAP TER FIVE
49
CHAP TER
61
CHAP TER SEVEN
77
CHAPTER EIGHT
107
CHAPTER NINE
119
CHAPTER ELEVEN
149
CHAPTER TWELVE
161
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
171
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
181
CHAPTER FFTEEN
191
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
199
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
211
FOREWORDFIRST EDITION 2012
217

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About the author (2020)

BRAD FELD has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur for over 30 years. He is currently a partner at Foundry Group and is a co-founder of Techstars. In addition to his investing efforts, Brad runs the Anchor Point Foundation with his wife Amy Batchelor. Brad is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship.

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