Brad Feld, a Managing Director at Foundry Group and Co-founder of Techstars, speaks prolifically about Boulder, the Boulder community, and how Boulder has come to be an international renown startup community.
What many do not know is that Boulder has sister startup communities in Denver, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs – the four innovation hubs of Colorado.
In this interview with ID8, Brad talks about the entrepreneurial growth that Denver has been experiencing in the last few years. Among the topics covered are Boulder’s relationship with Denver as well as what Denver needs to do to take their startup community to the next level.
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.
Denver 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.
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.
- Downtown Denver Startup Kickoff Bash – September 6 at the Tavern Downtown/Cowboy Lounge at 1949 Market Street.
- HTML 5 Denver User’s Group – Monday, Sept. 17 at 7:00 PM at Casselman’s, 2620 Walnut St., Denver.
- Boulder/Denver New Tech Meetup – Thursday, Sept. 20, 7:00 PM at MapQuest, 1555 Blake St, 3rd Floor, Denver.
- Denver Open Coffee Club – Tuesday, Sept. 4, 8-9AM at 501 E 19th Ave, Denver.
- Denver Founder’s Network -Wednesday, Aug 29, 6 PM at Uncubed, 2762 Walnut Street, Denver. Networking start at 5:30pm. Q&A starts at 6.
- Start Drinking Up Denver – Thursday, Sept. 20, at 5PM. Sign-up here to see the location.
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.
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.