In the next week we’ll be having Startup Communities events in Utah, Chicago, Des Moines, and Boulder. In general, you can follow along with the public events on the Feld Thoughts public events calendar but we’ll try to toss them up here as well as on the Startup Revolution Hub when we know about them.
Monday 10/8: Startup Utah event. I’m Skyping (or Google Hangouting) in for this one. I was originally going to be there in person but I cancelled running the St. George Marathon on Saturday because I’m still a little beat up from my bike crash in Slovenia.
Tuesday 10/9: Startup America Regional Summit in Chicago. I’ll be there all day and we’ll have a special reception at night that is still coming together. I’ll tweet out any logistics.
Monday 10/15: Silicon Flatirons Crash Course in Boulder. This will be the first public event in Boulder. I’m psyched my friends at Silicon Flatirons are hosting – they’ve played a critical part in the Boulder Startup Community over the years.
The early reviews of Startup Communities are flowing nicely at this point. My friend Ben Casnocha, co-author with Reid Hoffman of The Start-up of You just put up a nice post on his blog. Ben wrote one of the very early articles about the amazing stuff going on in Boulder for The American in 2008 in an article titled Start-Up Town in 2008 that added to the inspiration for me to write Startup Communities.
I was on Bloomberg West on Friday afternoon talking about Startup Communities. I was invited on Thursday and just happened to be in San Francisco on Friday to celebrate my mom’s 70th birthday. We were staying nearby so I swung by the Bloomberg West studio when everyone in my family went home for a pre-dinner nap and did the following live interview with Willow Bay on startup communities.
I recently did a short three minute “drawing board” video with the gang at Starto in Denver that is an excellent overview of the Boulder Thesis, my framework for creating a vibrant, long-term startup community wherever you live. I think they captured it really well.
I love the startup energy in Philadelphia. Josh Kopleman, a well known national investor who co-founded First Round Capital, has just announced that they are moving their office to downtown Philly from the suburbs and it’s fun to see the concentration of activity start to be in the downtown core. As you watch the video below, you’ll see a lot of the ideas from the Boulder Thesis in action.
The Startup Revolution is happening everywhere and no city will be left behind. If you are an entrepreneur, get on board and make it happen!
Startup Communities don’t have a “VP of Education” – there is no one person responsible for coordinating the events. Instead, the events are delicious chaos, getting created by whomever wants to create them, and being cataloged by whomever wants to catalog them. If something is needed it will appear.
Rob Go from NextView writes a great post annual that is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boston Tech Community – his most recent 2012 one is outstanding. It’s a great example of (a) the depth of the Boston startup community and (b) organization of the chaos through an informal approach (e.g. a simple blog post).
This is all it takes. If you want to give people a roadmap to your startup community, don’t wait. Just do what Rob did.
David Cohen (TechStars CEO) gives a great talk about startup communities at the Silicon Prairie Awards. Sit back and watch the next 18 minutes – it’s awesome. If you only want to hear the stuff about leaders of startup communities, start at 11:20 for a great section, which includes David’s advertisement for the Startup Communities book.
Another Startup Map using the Represent.LA template (open sourced on Github) has appeared – this time for Israel and is called Mapped In Israel. It’s well populated – over 700 startups and really well done.
You are going to be hearing a lot about Startup Maps in a few days. For now, I thought I’d tease you with one I saw Mark Solon (Highway 12 Ventures) tweet out this morning. Go take a look at the Boise Startup Map.
Charlie Crystle pointed me to a great post up on his blog titled Self-Sustaining, Regenerative Tech Ecosystems. He explores the dynamics in the major town near him (Philadelphia) and then puts forward a hypothesis about what is needed for a Self-Sustaining, Regenerative Tech Ecosystem.
A self-sustaining, regenerative ecosystem has these indicators:
- new startups formed by former employees of earlier startups
- new startups staffed by former employees of other startups
- new startups funded by investors and/or employees of earlier startups with part of the proceeds from earlier successes
- through at least two cycles
If you turn this idea on its side, it includes each of the concept of the Boulder Thesis which is at the core of Startup Communities.
- Entrepreneur led – Charlie asserts that an SRTE is all about new startups being created.
- Long term view – I’ll assume that “two cycles” is a long term view – at least 10, probably 20 years.
- Inclusive – You’ll note the emphasis in the list for SRTE of “former employees” – the successful former employees become new entrepreneurs and angel investors. The startup community must welcome this.
- Engage the entire entrepreneurial stack – I love the inclusion of “former employees” in the mix. It’s powerful.
Charlie has a bunch of other good stuff in his post. Definitely worth reading and reflecting on.