Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City by Brad FeldStartup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City by Brad Feld

Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City

byBrad Feld

Hardcover | October 9, 2012

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An essential guide to building supportive entrepreneurial communities

"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 each other's talent, creativity, and support.

Based on more than twenty 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.

  • Details the four critical principles needed to form a sustainable startup community
  • Perfect for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists seeking fresh ideas and new opportunities
  • Written by Brad Feld, a thought-leader in this field who has been an early-stage investor and successful entrepreneur for more than twenty years

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.

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...
Title:Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your CityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.3 × 6 × 1 inPublished:October 9, 2012Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1118441540

ISBN - 13:9781118441541


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! Great ideas! If you need to get your head around what it takes to build a successful startup community, you'll love this book. Lots of solid ideas for entrepreneurs to help entrepreneurs.
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Startup Revolution has begun! Bottom line: if you want to make a lasting and significant impact on your community, this is a must read book. If you are struggling with any aspect of building your own Startup Community, this is the reboot you need for both your thinking and your enthusiasm. Brad has a way of turning problems on their head and seeing the things that hold us all back so clearly. He provides BS-free, clear, crisp and refreshingly blunt answers and examples throughout the book, but more importantly he teaches and lives the values and frameworks he advocates. His primary lesson to community leaders is to give first without expectation and that is what more than anything this work represents, a gift. So take it.
Date published: 2012-10-29

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




Editorial Reviews

"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