Cooley Invests Heavily In Los Angeles



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A part of the Boulder Thesis, which I explain in depth in Startup Communities, is that startup communities have to be led by entrepreneurs. Everyone else is a feeder into the startup community. Both leaders and feeders are important – they are just different.

Service providers, such as law firms, are feeders. Law firms with extensive experience working with startups can have a huge positive impact of a startup community. We have several in Boulder – one of the most impactful has been Cooley, especially Mike Platt and his team.

This morning Cooley announced that it is entering the Los Angeles startup community in a big way. Mark Suster explains the story, and the reason it’s such an important move, on his blog in a post titled¬†Here are More Signs that LA Tech is Moving to the Next Level.¬†

It’s a great example of how a professional services firm can play a key role as a feeder into a startup community.


  • http://twitter.com/RedRussak Red Russak

    Big fan of seeing them step up. In Seattle, Cooley has been incredibly supportive of local startup initiatives, but what we see here is a big play and hope to see more ‘feeders’ inspired by this action ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/RedRussak Red Russak

    Looks like a logical decision for any services firm to allocate more resources to biz dev in LA. According to http://represent.la/, there are 500+ startups in LA and growing ;-)