Startup Phenomenon



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Join us to celebrate the launch of Startup Phenomenon and collectively build-up the Denver-Boulder corridor.
When: July 30, 2013, 5:30 – 8:00
Where: Galvanize, 1062 Delaware St, Denver, CO 80204

The Denver-Boulder corridor: At one end is a thriving community of startups, tech companies, and investors, and at the other end is…a thriving community of startups, tech companies, and investors. So why the divide? Each city is doing fine on its own, but together we can turn this region into one of the most dynamic and economically important innovation hubs in the world. Join us for drinks and networking to help us bridge the longest 25 miles in business and look for ways that Denver and Boulder’s finance communities can join forces to expand both their collective strength and their individual investment opportunities. We’ll have a few brief comments from Jim Dieters, Brad Feld and the Startup Phenomenon team.

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Denver Startup Week – 10/22 – 10/27



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Screen Shot 2012 10 01 at 6.24.34 AM Denver Startup Week   10/22   10/27Denver Startup Week is happening from 10/22 to 10/27. This is the first year for it and the schedule looks awesome.

This is a great example of the type of “activity and event” I’m talking about in the fourth item of the Boulder Thesis:

You must have activities and events that engage the entire entrepreneurial stack.” A week-long “startup week” event once a year is exactly what I mean.

I talk about the story of Boulder Startup Week in Startup Communities. I’m psyched to see my neighbors in Denver implementing something similar!

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There Isn’t A President of the Denver Startup Community



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In my model of startup communities, networks dominate. I go into the dynamics between networks and hierarchies in Startup Communities and I’m sure I’ll talk about it a lot more on this blog. But I wanted to give a very crisp example.

The Denver Startup Community has come to life in the past year. There are a number of great entrepreneurial leaders just getting shit done. They aren’t waiting for anyone, they aren’t asking for permission, and they aren’t creating hierarchies. They aren’t waiting until they have enough money raised to build a non-profit organization, they don’t need an office, and they aren’t hiring staff to help them. They are just doing.

An example is the increasing number of high quality events in Denver around startups. Take a look at the post on the FullContact blog titled August Denver Tech Update. It’s a great list of things coming up in September and only has one issue – the title is “August” and should be “September”. But so what – it’s out there and the list is a good one.

There is no president of the Denver Startup Community. There is no vice president of membership. There is no vice president of education. There is a vice president of finance. There is no secretary.

It’s a network, not a hierarchy.


Review of Startup Communities by Bart Lorang



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Bart Lorang – the CEO of Full Contact – just put up a review of Startup Communities titled Want to build a startup ecosystem? There’s a book for that. I love love love working with Bart and Full Contact. And it’s just awesome what Bart is doing for both the Boulder startup community and the Denver startup community. Dude – you are a total star – and the gang you are building is awesome.