Global EIR and Silicon Valley Bank Funding Match

Feld Thoughts

Today Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) announced their support for Global EIR , a cause for which I care deeply. As you may know, over breakfast in 2015 Jeff Bussgang and I launched Global EIR with the hope of advancing the startup visa effort on a local and state level after it stalled in Congress.

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. UP Global , which I’m on the board of, is doing just that.

Announcing UP Global

Feld Thoughts

Startup Weekend and Startup America Partnership are joining forces to create UP Global. In addition to Startup Weekend, UP Global also runs Next , StartupDigest , and NYSE Big Startup. Marc Nager, the CEO of Startup Weekend, will be the CEO of Up Global. Steve Case, the chairman of Startup America Partnership, will be the chairman of Up Global. UP Global is a logical next step in the creation of vibrant entrepreneurial communities around the world.

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In Downtown Las Vegas at the UP Global Summit

Feld Thoughts

I’m here for the UP Global Summit and then our UP Global board meeting on Sunday. Andrew Hyde, the original creator of the Startup Week concept, came back to run BSW 14 and then joined UP Global to roll out the Startup Week concept around the world.

Go Global, Stay Local


by Gail Martin, author of “ The Essential Social Media Marketing Handbook: A New Roadmap for Maximizing Your Brand, Influence, and Credibility “ Whether your company is purely local or has a global footprint, you need to be active and visible on social media. Go Global.

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Colorado Global EIR 2017 Applications

Feld Thoughts

The 2017 applications for the Colorado Global EIR are now open through April 15, 2017. The Colorado Global EIR program is a way for experienced international entrepreneurs to receive an H-1B visa, allowing them to work in Boulder. In their spare time, we encourage GEiR (Global Entrepreneurs in Residence) to either establish their existing company, create and launch a new company, co-found a new company or join a local startup here in Boulder.

Techstars and UP Global Join Forces to Support the Entrepreneurial Journey

Feld Thoughts

Today Techstars announced that it has acquired UP Global , including the organization’s Startup Weekend , Startup Week , Startup Next , and Startup Digest programs. Both organizations have a deep seated community-centric ethos that aims to accelerate the pace of innovation through community-focused, entrepreneurial-led business creation. The merger of these two great organizations is a logical next step in the expansion of vibrant startup communities around the world.

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crowdSPRING Community Gives Back with Branding for Global Sanitation Non-Profit gather

crowdSPRING Blog

At crowdSPRING, we feel very fortunate to participate in such a vibrant community of talented creatives. But we also value our broader, global community, and feel it’s important to make an impact there, as well. Thank you – from our entire community!

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Oracles Global Leadership Summit

deal architect

They heard me compliment a couple like Cognizant Community for its focus on thought leadership more. Last year Oracle’s events team invited me to describe some of the better events I had been to (and that I blogged about here). Industry Commentary

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Global Impact: Social Entrepreneurship Companies


Nearly one-quarter of the world’s population has soil-transmitted infections , according to the World Health Organization, and they affect the poorest and most deprived communities. Greyston Bakery impacts 2,200 Yonkers community members annually.

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Social Solutions Global Buys Community Techknowledge


Social Solutions Global from Baltimore announced Monday it has acquired Austin-based Community Techknowledge. The company will become part of Social Solutions Global, which was founded in 2000 and has more than […] The post Social Solutions Global Buys Community Techknowledge appeared first on SiliconHills. Both companies are privately held and the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. CTK, founded in 1999, has more than 60 employees.

6 Steps To Creating Communities That Enable People To Achieve The Unimaginable


Recently, Cigna, a global health service company, conducted a survey of more than 20,000 adults exploring the impact of loneliness in the United States. Their stories illustrate the power of micro communities.

Smart Startups Think Global But Act Hyperlocal

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though the world is getting smaller, due to easy global connectivity, people still feel alone if not well-connected locally. These hyperlocal sites don’t have to compete with global sites, and always have unique content, community advertising, and local issues.

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10 Ways To Promote Globalization In The Workplace


Globalization in the workplace is about more than just sharing different cultures. Embracing globalization can help your company reach even richer levels of success. Here are 10 ways to promote globalization or help you get started on this journey with your organization: 1.

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A Quality Benchmark for Accelerators: The Global Accelerator Network

Feld Thoughts

When David Cohen and I came up with the idea for the Global Accelerator Network (GAN) in 2010, we counted roughly 100 accelerator programs around the US that were founded following the Techstars model. Some are major contributors to their startup communities. Today, the Global Accelerator Network is a worldwide organization of 52 accelerators located in over 60 cities around the world.

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Salvo Global’s Six Lessons In Entrepreneurship


Salvo Global is a Singapore startup in the business of providing business intelligence through well-researched masterclasses, conferences, and summits. We also strongly believe in giving back to the community and we have employees spearheading these giving back initiatives.

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The Characteristics Of A Global Leader


The context of global business is rapidly changing, and as Bob Bratt says, global business leaders need to be able to steer their company through uncertain and turbulent conditions. Strategic thinking that has a global reach. Qualities a Global Leader Needs.

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10 Innovative New Global Ways To Grow Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Mobile and global are driving all of these in innovative new ways to grow your business. I found some help in catching up via a new book “ Sell Local, Think Global ,” by marketing message expert Olga Mizrahi. Embrace giving back to the world community.

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[Event] Over 540 Young Entrepreneurs To Converge On Global Startup Youth


Malaysia will see over 500 youth descend on its capital Kuala Lumpur this October for Global Startup Youth (GSY) , a three-day idea accelerator program aimed at helping young entrepreneurs shape and launch new projects that will hopefully evolve into sustainable global businesses.

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Why We Can’t Let Luddites Ruin Global Trade

Both Sides of the Table

And this is similar to the world we face today with global trade. Our problem isn’t trade or globalization — it’s tax policies that favor the special interests of the wealthy and a political system unable to allocate resources properly to those who need the resources most to retool themselves.

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Crypto is Global


The Canton of Zug continues to court blockchain entrepreneurs, many of whom are attracted by the Swiss ethos around decentralized governance, low tax rates, and an existing community of crypto enthusiasts. The post Crypto is Global appeared first on The Barefoot VC. Bitcoin Blockchain Cryptocurrency globalizationCryptocurrencies lost over $250B of value last week as more regulators around the world issued guidance.

Colorado Global EIR Program – Applications Open for 2016

Feld Thoughts

Applications are open for the second group of Colorado Global Entrepreneurs in Residence. The Global Entrepreneurs in Residence (GEIR) Program brings international entrepreneurial talent to the CU-Boulder campus and community. GEIRs guest lecture in classrooms, advise on entrepreneurial research, and provide mentorship to CU community members developing their own startups. We currently have three Colorado Global EIRs.

Signs Your Business is Ready For Global Expansion

The Startup Magazine

If have achieved all of the success you could dream of in your existing market, then global expansion is a great option. Once you have a feel for a new country and their business community, you can make a decision regarding whether or not you need to take your company there.

Capital Factory + 1776 = Connecting Austin to the Global Entrepreneurship Community through Union

Austin Startup

Capital Factory is the first member of the 1776 Startup Federation to sign up for Union — a global mentoring platform and curated… Continue reading on Austin Startups

[Event] Sandbox Global Summit Gathers Young Innovative Minds in Lisbon


The recently concluded Sandbox Global Summit which took place over the weekend saw some of the brightest young minds gather in Lisbon, Portugal and engage in discussions over ideas that (one day may) change the world.

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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.

The Fundamentals of Leading a Global Business Team

The Startup Magazine

The availability of technical tools and a dynamic office presence in the modern era are especially conducive to leading global business teams. However, there are a few hurdles business administrators face when setting up a cohesive global business team. Community Staffing

41 Thought Leaders On Globalization And Leading Digital Talent


The world has been undergoing a rapid pace of globalization especially in the past few decades, but what will its next phase be like? How would globalization impact on talent flow, particularly on highly mobile, digital-savvy yet picky professionals with the world as their oyster?

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crowdSPRING Community Gives Back with Branding for Global Sanitation Non-Profit gather

crowdSPRING Blog

At crowdSPRING, we feel very fortunate to participate in such a vibrant community of talented creatives. But we also value our broader, global community, and feel it’s important to make an impact there, as well. Thank you – from our entire community!

crowdSPRING Community Gives Back with Branding for Global Sanitation Non-Profit gather

crowdSPRING Blog

At crowdSPRING, we feel very fortunate to participate in such a vibrant community of talented creatives. But we also value our broader, global community, and feel it’s important to make an impact there, as well. Thank you – from our entire community!

[Review] Harry Potter: The Story Of A Global Business Phenomenon


With that question in mind, I picked up marketing author Susan Gunelius’ book “ Harry Potter: The Story of a Global Business Phenomenon ” hoping to find answers to how a geeky boy wizard has changed the business world. 4) Allow a sense of community.

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


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.

[U.S] More Than 50 Startup Weekend Events During Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011


One of the more interesting activities that will take place during the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2011 is Startup Weekend, a 54-hour event where innovative minds come together to conceptualize and launch companies. Global Startup Battle.

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Startupbootcamp – TechStars Global Affiliate in Compenhagen

Feld Thoughts

Recently, TechStars began expanding outside the United States through its new TechStars Global Affiliate program. TechStars Global Affiliates are independent entities but we intend to bring them together at least once a year and are in touch with them continuously to help out as we can. The first TechStars Global Affiliate is Startupbootcamp which is based in Copenhagen but covers Northern Europe (from Scandinavia to the Baltics and even northern Germany and Poland).

The Magic of the Irish – Dublin’s Resurgence on the Global Tech Scene

Both Sides of the Table

As I said when I wrote about startup communities in the past – even one person can make a huge difference to a company or a city if he or she takes initiative, dreams big and is persistent. I wrote this on my flight home from f.ounders & web summit in Dublin, Ireland late last year.

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A Visit With the European Startup Community


The goal was to share our experiences in the realm of angel investing with an array of global audiences, by participating in various lectures, discussions and workshops. Two hundred angels, entrepreneurs and members of the startup community attended this inaugural event. We arrived from Moscow on April 25th; the following day, I spoke on Raising Money to Go Global at StartSmart , a conference held at an incubator and innovation center named Technopolis Ülemiste.

crowdSPRING Community Gives Back –

crowdSPRING Blog

Give Back is the crowdSPRING community’s way of helping worthy non-profit and charity causes in need. Creatives in the crowdSPRING community have agreed that for these special projects, no monetary awards will be given. We’re thrilled that the crowdSPRING community’s next Give Back project is for Our entire community is honored to be helping Thank you – from our entire community!

How a community is born: The rise of Polish startups

The Next Web

They looked for startups with global ambitions, something the Polish ones lacked. Three years later and Poland has got a number of well-funded startups disrupting global markets. The post How a community is born: The rise of Polish startups appeared first on The Next Web.

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Fostering a Startup and Innovation Ecosystem

Feld Thoughts

UP Global just released a great new white paper titled Fostering a Startup and Innovation Ecosystem. As you might know, I’m on the board of UP Global and think they are doing amazing things for startup communities around the world. Our friends at Google for Entrepreneurs helped with this and I’m doing a hangout with Mary Grove (Director, Google for Entrepreneurs) and Marc Nager (UP Global CEO) on Tuesday September 23rd, 2014 11am PDT for 40 minutes.

Social Enterprises Globally

Business Plan Blog

Conservative Party known as the “Big Society” has been launched and aims to empower local community entrepreneurs. In addition, the University of Oxford boasts that the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship is the leading global entity for the advancement of social entrepreneurship.

Think Global, Act Local


Think Global, Act Local. At Return Path , we have always had a commitment to community service and helping make the world around us a better place. We ratcheted that up a lot in the last year, which is why we added the following statement in as one of our 14 Core Values : Think Global, Act Local. We commit our time and energy to support our local communities. . Organize projects in the local community for their employees to help out/work at.

Global Hiring Made Easy


Global hiring should be easy - companies get access to the right people regardless of the location and people get jobs no matter of their situation. We believe that a social enterprise should not charge people in need of a job for providing them with an employment opportunity that will have a positive impact not only on them, but also on the local communities and the society at large. We removed them and created something simple - the Transformify global outsorcing platform.

9 nonprofits and social enterprises creating incredible communities online

The Next Web

But connecting with consumers and brand advocates directly, in active online communities, is the real secret sauce, especially for B2C startups with an online presence. has done a great job of creating an online community around transparency and sharing.