Building Startup Communities to Last

Feld Thoughts

So it was an incredible honor to interview Jim for 45 minutes last week at the Startup Phenomenon event about Startup Communities. We spent the time applying the ideas from Jim’s books and research to the idea of Startup Communities. One of my heroes is Jim Collins.

Suicide, Cancer, and Community

Feld Thoughts

He was an integral part of the entrepreneurial community here in Colorado. I just went and made a gift as a contribution from the Boulder startup community. If you’ve benefit from the local startup community, which Kevin and Karen gave so much of themselves to, please make any size contribution. The post Suicide, Cancer, and Community appeared first on Feld Thoughts. At the end of the day yesterday I gave a talk at the opening of Galvanize Boulder.

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The Largest Startup Community In The World

Feld Thoughts

As Boulder Startup Week 2014 comes to an end, I have been reflecting on the power of startup communities today. When I wrote Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City , I made some assertions about how to build startup communities and what the impact of them would be on society. This reflection led me to think about how to wire up the largest startup community in the world.

Why Small Community Lenders Have Your Back

Up and Running

But don’t fret—community lenders are helping small businesses. Meet the community lenders. Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) are one type of community lender. Chances are there’s a community lender near you.

Weekend Reading on Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

So this weekend was about startup communities with a bonus book on the startup visa tossed in for good measure. The history is so much richer, the one page stories about the companies the shaped each era are just awesome, and the perspective of what 120 years really means for a the startup community that is undeniably the most robust in the world right now is very powerful. This is a great snapshot in time – right now – to show how startup communities develop anywhere.

Los Angeles Startup Community

SoCal CTO

I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. I told them that I had recently seen several posts/articles talking about how vibrant the community has become. Los Angeles Startup Community Posts/Articles Here are some interesting articles and posts on the ecosystem around startups in Los Angeles. Who are the people you should meet in the Los Angeles Startup Community to get wired in

6 Brands That’ve Created Business Value Via Niche Social Communities

Brandanew

We’ve time and again shared the importance of niche social communities in today’s digital world. Niche social communities work when they’re connected, engaged and generate consumer value. Why you need niche communities? What are your favorite communities?

Startup Communities Are Up To The Entrepreneurs

Feld Thoughts

As I continue to talk about Startup Communities , I say over and over and over again that the leaders have to be entrepreneurs. Now – members of feeder organizations can play a leadership role, but in the absence of a critical mass of entrepreneurs, the startup community won’t ever develop into anything meaningful. For example, when he asked, “What’s the most important step an entrepreneur can take to create a startup community?”

How Do Blogs Create A Community?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

6 Ways To Create A Community On Your Blog When you create a community on your blog, it helps to build a connection with your audience. So what’s so special about a community? Here are 6 methods that will help you to create a community on your blog.

How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

Both Sides of the Table

I have never been more optimistic about the impact that the tech startup community is having on cities in America or about the role that cities outside of San Francisco / Silicon Valley can play in our future. The Foundations of the Seattle startup community.

Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City

Feld Thoughts

For now, the title is “ Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City.” If you are a leader in your entrepreneurial community and have something you want to add , email me 500 – 1000 words. The Boulder Entrepreneurial Community. Principals of a Sustainable Entrepreneurial Community. Welcome Everyone Into The Entrepreneurial Community. Why The Community Matters Most. Community Power.

Upfront and the Power of Startup Community in LA

Feld Thoughts

This comes on the heals of Upfront managing director Mark Suster’s great post titled Embracing Your Community as a Strategy which I encourage you to read as it is magnificent. You are doing amazing things in the LA startup community.

The Rapidly Growing Chicago and LA Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

Matt and I were on the FeedBurner board together and he’s got a powerful connection between LA and Chicago – another city with an incredibly thriving startup community. The post The Rapidly Growing Chicago and LA Startup Communities appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Calling All Entrepreneurs: Give Back To Your Community

Feld Thoughts

At Foundry Group, we have a deeply held belief that we benefit from our local community (Boulder, in our case) and that we have a responsibility, as we have success, to give back to our local community. “The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County announced last week it will grant an additional $300,000 to local Boulder County nonprofits this summer in response to a 62 percent cut in funding from Foothills United Way.

$200,000 For Colorado Startup Community Activities and Events

Feld Thoughts

I’m excited to announce the launch of the Colorado Startup Community Fund. This is a $200,000 fund for providing financing to support activities, events, and organizations in the Colorado startup community. The Startup Colorado Community Fund from Startup Colorado on Vimeo.

Entrepreneurial Communities Must Be Led By Entrepreneurs

Feld Thoughts

Since I haven’t yet figured out how to be in two places at the same time, I ended up recording a short video for a meeting on entrepreneurial communities that I was invited to. In it, I talk about my first of four principles of entrepreneurial communities, specifically that entrepreneurial communities must be led by entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurial Communities entrepreneurial communities TechStarsI’m about to head out to TechStars New York Demo Day.

Getting Your Community Involved In Your Purpose

Inc Startups

Community really refers to everyone who touches or is touched by your brand

Remarkable Brands That Are Helping the Community And How You Can Too

Brandanew

Not necessarily for selling more, but to develop your community spirit. Helping the community, is a way to future proof your brand. In this post, I’ll share case studies of brands that are helping the community. The end of the year is the season of giving.

Embracing Your Community as a Strategy

Both Sides of the Table

I knew that many LPs nationally were not yet convince about the power of the LA tech community and I figured if they could experience it for themselves they would be as convinced as I had become. Community. In Los Angeles the venture community is very collaborative.

Startup Communities is Shipping

Feld Thoughts

Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City is officially shipping. The article - This is how you build a tech community - follows up on a Bloomberg article that Vivek wrote in 2010 titled Why Boulder Is America’s Best Town for Startups. Jerry Colonna also wrote an awesome post riffing off of Startup Communities titled The Sarajevo Effect. Startup Communities

The Silent Killer – The Company Your Community Never Created

Both Sides of the Table

I think startup communities being simple cheerleaders doesn’t help anyone. But no community can become complacent with the wins that it has. But I’ll bet the Boston community would take 50% of the success of Facebook built locally. Luckily for our community the founders decided they wanted to build their company in LA regardless of not having local funding from LA. So what can a community do? Communities can make a difference.

Los Angeles Startup Community

SoCal CTO

I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. I told them that I had recently seen several posts/articles talking about how vibrant the community has become. Los Angeles Startup Community Posts/Articles Here are some interesting articles and posts on the ecosystem around startups in Los Angeles. Who are the people you should meet in the Los Angeles Startup Community to get wired in

A16Z Podcast on Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

Her book, Regional Advantage , had a huge impact from on my thinking around Startup Communities. It’s awesome – anyone that cares about how entrepreneurial communities work must read this. If you are interested in startup communities, I hope you will listen to this podcast. The post A16Z Podcast on Startup Communities appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Entrepreneurship a16z AnnaLee Saxenian Chris Schroeder podcast startup communities

How to Build A Massive Community on Instagram For Your Brand

Brandanew

When utilized in the most proper manner, a large community on Instagram for your brand can be a highly-effective visual advertising channel. In this post, I will show you clever ways of using Instagram to increase customer engagement and building a massive community for your brand.

The Red Queen Problem – Innovation in the DoD and Intelligence Community

Steve Blank

Innovation, disruption, accelerators, have all become urgent buzzwords in the Department of Defense and Intelligence community. Our defense department and intelligence community owned proprietary advanced tools and technology. Problem 5: The question being asked across the Department of Defense and national security community is, “Can we innovate like startups in Silicon Valley” and insert speed, urgency and agility into our work?

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Some Thoughts on Branding Startups and Communities

Both Sides of the Table

We threw a Launchpad LA dinner to bring the community together as we tend to do 6-10 times a year. Brad wrote up his answer here – you should read it because it’s very instructive for how I believe communities ought to think about naming conventions.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook Visits Austin and Announces New Training Program with Austin Community College

SiliconHills

At Capital Factory Friday morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced a new partnership with the Austin Community College District to offer its App Development with Swift curriculum to students. The program, which Apple is rolling out at more than 30 community colleges nationwide, allows students to learn app development skills that will prepare them for […]. Austin ACC app development Apple Austin Community College Skills technology Tim Cook workforce

Startup Communities – Operation Pre-order

Feld Thoughts

My newest book, Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City , will ship around the end of the month. Between now and Sunday, if you pre-order a copy of Startup Communities, you will be entered into a random drawing. TechStars’ Feld Publishes Startup Community Book. Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City. Startup Communities book startup communities startup revolution

AVC and Feld Thoughts Communities Rally $100,000+ For The ACLU

Feld Thoughts

The post AVC and Feld Thoughts Communities Rally $100,000+ For The ACLU appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Sunday morning Fred Wilson put up the following blog post: A $20,000 Match Offer On ACLU Donations Today. It came after a flurry of emails that started with one from me at 7:41am.

How Community Involvement Can Help Your Startup

YoungUpstarts

When we think of giving back to the community, we often think of dramatic relief efforts like those that supported the victims of Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. Sponsor community events. Lead a community service program. Every community has its own issues.

Five Things We Learned from Starting a Community Radio Station

Up and Running

Like most other community radio stations, Radio Boise is a not-for-profit organization. There’s also a small group of steadfast individuals, including community members, who help keep the station up and running. Here are five things they learned from starting a community radio station.

Waccal Launches Social Community Platform for Startups and Investors

The Startup Magazine

Waccal has officially launched its social community platform which startups and investors can use to compare ideas, seek funding and manage portfolios and due diligence processes.

How to Make Community the Secret To Success

Duct Tape Marketing

How to Make Community the Secret To Success written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. The word community has been with us for centuries. A town, a church, a school, a collection of hobbyists, have all long been identified as communities.

Success and Failure — San Diego Startup Community

Market by Numbers

With Brad Feld coming to town this week, I think it’s a good time to evaluate the state of San Diego’s Startup Community. He is an entrepreneur turned investor, a co-founder of the TechStars accelerator program, a prolific author and a community builder.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boulder Startup Community

Feld Thoughts

David Cohen just put up The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boulder Startup Community. It’s a short presentation that you can look at below and is a great way to get a lay of the land in the Boulder Startup Community. Boulder startup communities

How To Build An Online Business Community That Markets For You

YoungUpstarts

One of the simplest and strongest methods to beef up the effectiveness of your campaign is building an online business community. Now that we’ve established why an online business community is important, it’s time to figure out the details of how to build it.

Network Effects in Marketplace, Communities and Social Platforms

Version One Ventures

These days, we’re hyper-focused on marketplaces, communities and social platforms. This increased value can be in the form of cost reduction (in user acquisition as an example), higher liquidity (in a marketplace), stronger community or deeper relationships (in social networks), etc. Likewise, in a community or social platform, users can be content creators, content consumers, or both.

Why “The Culture of Failure” is Imperative to Startup Communities

Both Sides of the Table

I recently wrote about the 12 tips to building successful startup communities. Failure in startups seems to now be embedded in startup communities like NY and LA. I’m absolutely certain it is critical to any startup community.

Book: Tech and the City: The Making of New York’s Startup Community

Feld Thoughts

On Digital Sabbath #5, I read Tech and the City: The Making of New York’s Startup Community. We had a fun hour long talk with Q&A, a lot of it about Startup Communities. If you are involved in the New York startup community, this is a must read book. If you are interested in startup communities in general, it’s a substantive history and current explanation of what is going on in New York. Books new york startup communities

San Antonio Tech Community to Host its First Startup Week

SiliconHills

For more than four years, San Antonio’s technology community has been percolating with excitement amidst a ground swell of support bubbling up to create a vibrant startup industry. And now, […] The post San Antonio Tech Community to Host its First Startup Week appeared first on SiliconHills.