"Startup communities" are popping up everywhere, from cities like Boulder to Boston and even in countries such as Iceland. These types of entrepreneurial 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 one another's talent, creativity, and support.
Based on more than 20 years of Boulder-based entrepreneur turned-venture capitalist Brad Feld's experience in the field, as well as contributions from other innovative startup communities, this reliable resource skillfully explores what it takes to create an entrepreneurial community in any city, at any time. Along the way, it offers valuable insights into increasing the breadth and depth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem by multiplying connections among entrepreneurs and mentors, improving access to entrepreneurial education, and much more.
Engaging and informative, this practical guide not only shows you how startup communities work, but it also shows you how to make them work anywhere in the world.
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Brad Feld's book is a fantastic overview and insight into the important moving parts necessary for a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem.
But this is one of the few disappointing experiences I've had with audible.com. This narrator is worse than monotone, I could swear this was a machine-generated voiceover. What a HORRIBLE rendering of a topic that should be conveyed in a dynamic and passionate way. That's what the book is all about, after all: the dynamic and passionate nature of the startup community.
Lots of solid advice and specific items that I'd like to research in more detail.
Yes, because he's got experience...
Very US specific, some advice extremely tough to implement, specifically about the role of government. In the Middle East, with high friction between borders, government plays crucial role at least logistically and bureaucratically.. .
I read a lot and on most any subject!
Yes for Mr. Feld but did not care for Mr. Kaplan's reading style.
All the pieces of the puzzel Mr. Feld points out.
Did not care for his style of reading
No it covers all the basics just fine
I recommend for those interested in creating a startup ecosystem to read this book.
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I picked up this book because I loved my experience with an accelerator and wanted to give back by starting my own. I used the information I learned from the book to nail 2 subsequent pitches. I now have money and mentors to set up shop all thanks to Startup Communities.
I'm a Boulder transplant (moved here from NYC in late 2011) and got to experience the culture this community has cultivated. Now that I am part of this "give before you get" community, and doing my part to contribute to its awesomness, I'm also out help other cities build their startup communities. This book is the blueprint and reference guide to that growth.
The key is not to be the next Boulder--just as Boulder doesn't try to be the next Silicon Valley--but instead to learn from the things that have worked here, experiment in your own city, and take the long view.
Perhaps the most important piece of advice in this book is this: take the 20-year view in everything you do to build your community. And in a year from now, it shouldn't be a 19-year view, it should be a new 20-year view. Continually look far into your city's future and build for the next generation.
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