As the price of bitcoin rose to over $11,000 this morning (from lows near $6000 two weeks ago), governance was a key theme over the past week. The Ethereum community is grappling with its own governance roadmap, with an active debate currently underway on how to resolve issues of lost funds due to hacks or vulnerabilities in smart contracts. The post Governance appeared first on The Barefoot VC.

Government Shouldn’t Be In The Accelerator Business

Feld Thoughts

This article originally appeared online at in an article titled Government Shouldn’t Be In The Accelerator Business. I talk more about this and lots of other topics in my recent book Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City. . But I don’t think government should be funding these accelerators, nor do I think they need to. without government funding, being run as entrepreneurial ventures for profit by entrepreneurs.

How Federal Government Can Help Entrepreneurship

Feld Thoughts

Over the past few years, I’ve spent some time thinking about how the government can help entrepreneurship. It started with my role as the co-chairman of the Colorado Governors Innovation Council which was my first involvement in any formal way with any government initiative. “ On my run yesterday, I mulled over the big activities that I thought the federal government could do to “build a more supportive environment for entrepreneurship.&#

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.

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

Government and Universities Should Use the Word “Convener” More

Feld Thoughts

In both cities (Chicago and Denver) I gave a talk about Startup Communities using the Boulder Thesis as a framework. This was used to define a role for many of the constituents in the COIN summit which included entrepreneurs, government, university, and big company folks. CU Law, and specifically the Silicon Flatirons program that Phil created a decade ago, plays a huge convening role for the Boulder startup community.

Can the Bitcoin code be forbidden by democratic governments?

The Startup Magazine

No democratic government will ever ban technology. By their nature, governments must protect innovation. In the long run, a healthy strategy for a government is to encourage innovation, including the use of cryptocurrency. What can the governments win from bitcoin?

Eleven Elements That Must Intersect To Create A Vibrant Community 


by Quint Studer, author of “ Building A Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change Is Reshaping America “. Every community wants to be a great place to live and work. Vibrant communities happen when many different forces intersect in the right way.

Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters

Steve Blank

How to build regional entrepreneurial communities has just gotten it’s first “here’s how to do it” book. Feld’s thesis is that unlike the common wisdom, it is entrepreneurs that lead a startup community while everyone else feeds the community. Role of Government.

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.

[Review] Startup Communities


“We need to be like Silicon Valley,” we hear many a startup community organizer around the world intone. Feld suggests four key factors that determine how successful a startup community will be in what he calls the Boulder Thesis: 1.

Boulder Startup Community Members: Help Fund the Code for America Fellowship

Feld Thoughts

If you are a founder or employee of a startup in Boulder and want to increase the overall effectiveness of our local Boulder government, please help us fund the Code for America Fellowship in Boulder. As she clearly states: “It is my commitment to you, the community, that we are listening and that the city team is putting in place a number of new tools and work efforts to support inclusive, respectful and meaningful conversations in 2015, and beyond.

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. Government. Reliance on Government. Entrepreneurs vs. Government.

US Government Grant Tips for New Business

The Startup Magazine

If your business idea has goals that can be aligned to those set up by certain government departments, it might be an excellent idea to try and get financed through a government grant. The post US Government Grant Tips for New Business appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

Power To The People – Creating Trust In Data With Collaborative Governance


They must adopt a model of collaborative governance. The good news is that IT professionals have a blueprint from the companies that pioneered the use of the World Wide Web for collaborative data governance. Airbnb is another excellent example of collaborative governance in action.

In Boulder on Monday 10/15 Talking About Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

My friends Phil Weiser and Brad Bernthal at Silicon Flatirons (who are a big part of the book Startup Communities ) are hosting me in Boulder on Monday for a “Crash Course: Startup Communities – Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City.”) This is the first public session in Boulder about Startup Communities. Government and Universities Should Use the Word “Convener” More. Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters.

The Future of Government: Hayward & the Lean Startup

Startup Lessons Learned

It’s been exciting to watch the Lean Startup movement grow from a practice utilized in the tech world to one implemented in a wide variety of sectors ranging from enterprise to education, religious organizations, nonprofits, and government groups. When we talk about government, we mean both the macro outfits whose work affects the entire country (perhaps you’ve heard of the IRS ) and regionally-focused groups alike. Do we want to solve the hoarding issue in our community?

Attracting Smart People To Your Community Accelerates Entrepreneurship

Feld Thoughts

Entrepreneurial communities grow up around smart people. Whenever someone in state or local government asks me what they can do to accelerate entrepreneurship, I always tell them to put as much money and energy as they can into education. If you build a broad base of smart, inquisitive, curious people that are long term members of your community (e.g. Tags: Entrepreneurial Communities Boulder entrepreneurial communities

The Community Comeback: 14 Ways Local Leaders Are Reshaping America


by Quint Studer, author of “ Building A Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change Is Reshaping America “ America’s small towns are doing really big things. We’re asking, How can we make our community the best it can be?

Austin’s Paper Census: Helping Government Break Up with Paper

Austin Startup

Engage the Austin community As with any initiative of this kind, community engagement is critical. Then when you are ready to reach out to the community, leverage your elected officials’ contacts, relationships, and events.

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

Two Days of Entrepreneurial Community Building In Upstate New York

Feld Thoughts

On Wednesday and Thursday I spent two awesome days with my long time friend Martin Babinec (the founder of Trinet), his partner at Upstate Venture Connect – Nasir Ali – and about 1000 members of the Upstate New York entrepreneurial community. The two main themes were “building entrepreneurial communities&# for events where there weren’t students and “Do More Faster: The Entrepreneurial Life&# for the events with students.

The untapped Open Data opportunity: who will unlock government data?

Version One Ventures

I’m fascinated by the Open Data movement, particularly when it comes to government where the concept of open data hinges on the belief that data is a public asset – just like highways and parks – and should be made available to all. Making data available, discoverable, and usable will help improve the effectiveness of governments, strengthen our democracy, as well as create opportunities to improve everyone’s quality of life.

TEDxStormont – creativity and community collide in Belfast

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

It occurs to me, all at once, that moments like this — are how communities are formed. The lasting value is the community it created. The community that came together might be a new one for Northern Ireland. The time is now for this new community of creatives to lead the charge in reinventing Northern Ireland. That’s why this new community is so critical — these are the people with one thing in mind — creating something.

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.

Free Government Money for Startups

David Teten

A few weeks ago, Fred Wilson discussed the role of government grants in helping launch tech companies. Fred is not a fan and argues that evaluating and aiding early-stage companies is not a core competency of government organizations.

Why Can’t Startups and Government Learn to Get Along?


Government and tech startups don’t have anything in common. By their very nature, government organizations are typically huge, slow-moving bureaucracies built to deliver continuity. For startups, working with government agencies will open new markets and growth potential.

Time to Flip Power In America Upside Down

Feld Thoughts

I’m totally sick and exhausted with our federal government. She totally nails it – people at the top, then metros, then states, and then federal government following their leads. Government government immigration metropolitan revolution 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.

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.

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. Pete Newell and I have spent a lot of time bringing continuous innovation to government organizations. These Horizons also apply to government agencies and other large organizations. Government agencies need to both innovate and execute.

Dystopian Technocapitalist Hellscape

Feld Thoughts

Government dominos dystopia startup community tech william gibsonMona List Overdrive has come true. And Pattern Recognition is on the horizon. I knew that Dominos was paving America’s roads , but I didn’t realize they were branding them.

How VCs, Accelerators, and Coworking Spaces Put Communities in Buildings vs. Buildings in Communities

This is going to be BIG.

I'll bet you don't know where the Center of NY's Tech Community and Center of Creativity is. In fact, it is "well-known internationally as the original home of New York's technology community.". VCs and fulltime angels bring a lot more than just money to the communities they invest in.

A Visit With the European Startup Community


Two hundred angels, entrepreneurs and members of the startup community attended this inaugural event. One hundred and fifty entrepreneurs and community members attended the monthly conference, which alternates between Tallinn and Helsinki. Audiences totaled over three hundred and eighty entrepreneurs, investors and members of the startup community. My wife, Ann, and I took a trip this past spring to visit Estonia, Finland, Ireland and Russia.

The Glue that Makes a Community Stick

This is going to be BIG.

Cheaper rents could make it a great place for the creative community and there''s no reason why it shouldn''t become as popular a destination for out of town events the same way that Austin has. What was harder to figure out how to do--and something no one ever really thinks about on the economic development side, is community. Community isn''t just something you create by setting up a place to have coffee or to work. Personal communities like that are not built overnight.

How Venture Capitalists and Government Can Promote Entrepreneurship

David Teten

I’ve recently met with several universities, nonprofits, and government employees who’ve all asked the same question: how can we promote entrepreneurship? The first and primary role of a government is to provide basic public goods competently.

Response to the budget and some thoughts on what government can do for startups

The Equity Kicker

If you think the government should be supporting startups and want to know more about how they should go about it then read on.

Startup App Intro: Politiscope – Politics in the Palm of Your Hand

The Startup Magazine

According to the Pew Research Center, 80% of American’s don’t trust the Federal Government to “do what’s right”. How many times have you been sitting at a dinner table or watching the news and someone mention’s a politician by name and you have wondered who they are talking about?

The cardinal sin of community management

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Friday, September 11, 2009 The cardinal sin of community management Once you have a product launched, you will the face the joys – and the despair – of a community that grows up around it. Yet few products these days can succeed without their online community, and the insight you can gain from interacting with that community is unparalleled, despite the pain. It was really the community who built that product.&#

Innovation and Venture Capital in New Jersey

Feld Thoughts

If you are a fan of Startup Communities , there’s a lot going on around new initiatives on this front. Ian Hathaway and I are hard at work on a book called The Startup Community Way, which is modeled after Eric Ries’ evolution of The Lean Startup to his recent book The Startup Way. Ian has bought into this idea so he and I have a steady stream of content for The Startup Community Way coming on the StartupRev website.

Fixing immigration for startups: What the US government can (and should) do right now

The Next Web

FWD.US pulled the tech community into the discussion of how broken the U.S. to receive undergraduate and graduate degrees (education that is in part supported by all Americans, even in private schools, as schools get huge tax breaks and are often funded at least in part by government grants).

Food, Drink and Brexit

The Startup Magazine

This is particularly unlikely in a sector when the EU benefits from a trade surplus with the UK, meaning that the government must instead focus on negotiating lower or minimal tariffs that minimise the impact of Brexit on trade flows and prices.

30 Ways To Be A More Engaged Citizen


by Quint Studer, author of “ Building A Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change Is Reshaping America “ In recent years the issues communities face have become a lot more complex—and it’s become more and more evident that one group alone cannot solve them.