Burning Platform: Startup Communities

deal architect

In the 34th (today) and 35th (tomorrow) episode of the series we have Brad Feld, Founding Partner, Foundry Group and Ian Hathaway who leads the global ecosystems business at Techstars, In the episode below, they discuss their book, The Startup.

10 Tips For Entering The Startup Community This Year

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are not starting one yourself, the next best thing is joining one as a partner, or as an early employee. These days I see a surge of new startups as businesses seem to be recovering from the pandemic.

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7 Critical Resources For A Thriving Startup Community

Startup Professionals Musings

I saw these addressed well in a new book, “ The Startup Community Way ,” by Brad Feld and Ian Hathaway. These guys have been building startup communities like Techstars for over 30 years, so they know what works and what doesn’t. asset Brad Feld capital resources startup community

Community Banking Trends for 2021

Board Effect

Ordinarily, the community banking trends from 2020 would provide a glimpse of what’s to come in 2021, but to say the least, 2020 was an extremely unusual year. We’re reviewing four of the top community banking trends for 2021 to keep you informed and ready to take action.

Startup Communities | Rural Entrepreneurship

VC Adventure

I’ve always loved Brad’s Startup Communities – it’s long been my favorite of his books, built upon ideas that are clearly stating the test of time. In the nearly 10 years since the original book was published, the Startup Communities landscape has changed quite a bit.

Cognizant Community: Applied Digital

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Most industry events follow a formula: lots of product announcements, rock bands which feed on audience nostalgia, partner pavilions, often annoying MCs. Cognizant Community is a complete outlier. Client executives convene for 3 days in a relaxed setting over TED. Industry Commentary

Cognizant Community: Applied Digital

deal architect

Most industry events follow a formula: lots of product announcements, rock bands which feed on audience nostalgia, partner pavilions, often annoying MCs. Cognizant Community is a complete outlier. Client executives convene for 3 days in a relaxed setting over TED. Industry Commentary

3 Tips For Finding International Business Partners

YoungUpstarts

If you’ve decided to take your company global or expand outside of your native country, the first step is going to executing your entry strategy with the right business partners in play. There is a lot of planning that goes into selecting international business partners. In this article, we’re going to give you 5 tips that will help you make sure you expand your business with the right set of business partners. Looking to expand your reach in offshore markets?

Eric Ries’ Foreword to The Startup Community Way

Feld Thoughts

My new book with Ian Hathaway, The Startup Community Way , is officially out. My next one, which I’ve been working on for a year with Dave Jilk (my first business partner), combined entrepreneurship and philosophy. This was analogous to what happened with Startup Communities.

How VCs Think About Adding New Partners

Both Sides of the Table

After years of trying to persuade Kara Nortman to become a partner at Upfront Ventures I can officially announce now that she’s joined us effective immediately. It is rare to find somebody who matches exactly what I’m looking for in a partner so when you find it you act: Academic rigor (Princeton undergrad, Stanford MBA). People often ask me what VCs look for when we hire partners and many have asked how to become VCs themselves one day.

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. But, as the old saying goes, “It is more blessed to give than to receive,” and many companies and people have discovered over the years that giving back to communities has many great side effects. Sponsor community events. Lead a community service program. Every community has its own issues.

Startup Feature: Security Expert Jay Hart talks Community Safety App MCALERT

The Startup Magazine

Jay Hart , a retired 30-year veteran of the Florida police force, has spent the last decade helping communities push information to residents with his public safety focused MCALERT app. The MCALERT.NET application was originally designed with gated communities in mind.

[INTERVIEW] Brandon Seigel, President, Wellness Works Management Partners, Madison, Wisconsin

YoungUpstarts

Seigel recognized that, while health practitioners in a variety of healthcare roles are passionate about providing health and wellness in their communities, they aren’t often versed in the financial processes that will allow their private practices to prosper. Now, with his business Wellness Works Management Partners, Brandon manages multiple private practices and consults with entrepreneurs and health practitioners worldwide. What does Wellness Works Management Partners do?

Eleven Elements That Must Intersect To Create A Vibrant Community 

YoungUpstarts

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. Leaders from many sectors of the community have to collaborate before they can take the steps that allow sustainable growth to take off. Vibrant communities don’t just happen. Galvanized Business Community.

Build Entrepreneurship Communities With Crowd Valley

YoungUpstarts

Entrepreneurship communities and crowdfunding platforms designed to support entrepreneurs are popping up left, right, and center all around the world. It aims to provide infrastructure to easily create a startup and investment community and running it effectively with powerful tools, with the possibility to connect and partner with other communities and build ecosystems locally and all over the world.

Bevy is Emerging as a Leader in Software for Building Virtual Communities???with $15 million to?

Both Sides of the Table

Bevy is Emerging as a Leader in Software for Building Virtual Communities?—?with It’s clear things have changed for good and the need for managing remote communities of employees, customers and partners has become ever more important. they are communities and tribes.

Suicide, Cancer, and Community

Feld Thoughts

He was an integral part of the entrepreneurial community here in Colorado. A friend and business partner, Kevin Johansen, along with his wife, Karen, took his life last week. 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.

A Great Example of A Professor’s Involvement With A Startup Community

Feld Thoughts

My partners and I, especially Jason Mendelson, have been very involved with Silicon Flatirons over the past decade. I have a chapter in Startup Communities that uses CU Boulder – and specifically Silicon Flatirons – as an example of a much better way than the traditional approach (circa 2012) for a university to engage with the startup community. Phil’s note to the Silicon Flatirons community follows.

DivInc Partners with Notley Ventures

SiliconHills

DivInc, the Austin-based early stage accelerator for women and people of color, on Thursday announced it is partnering with Notley Ventures. This transformative gift provides us with the resources to grow out capacity and capability, expand our accelerator programming and scale our community impact,” […]. The post DivInc Partners with Notley Ventures appeared first on SiliconHills.

4 Ways Online Communities Can Benefit Your Business

YoungUpstarts

Online communities have become a central part of everyday life and business operations. Since the early days of Internet message boards and email groups, participation in online communities has grown exponentially. While the majority of participants use online communities to socialize, being part of a digital community can also provide important business benefits. Here are four ways that online communities can benefit your business.

Bolstering the Partner Ranks at GRP

Both Sides of the Table

It is with great pleasure that I can finally announce that we have added Greg Bettinelli as a partner at GRP Partners. He had joined a young startup in LA called HauteLook and was interested in getting to know the local tech community. After that you could tell that Greg was really “all in” on the LA technology community. This is exactly the brand that GRP Partners wants to embody. Community builders.

[Singapore] ACE Appoints 12 Funding, Incubation Partners

YoungUpstarts

Singapore-based Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) announced late last week during business competition ideas.inc that it has identified 12 partners to assist in helping at least 100 new and aspiring entrepreneurs over the next three years get off their feet and start businesses. The 12 partners, who mainly come from the educational sector, looks to provide funding and mentorship support and help these first time entrepreneurs grow their ideas into sustainable businesses.

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

InterCall Launches Virtual Small Business Community, InterChange

YoungUpstarts

Conferencing and collaboration services provider InterCall has launched a new online community for small business leaders. Called InterChange , the virtual community is organized into various sections where small business leaders can meet with their target influencers, attend webcasts, and take advantage of exclusive offers from leading brand companies and other small businesses. In the News InterCall InterChange online community small business virtual community

How to Find a Business Partner

Up and Running

You don’t have to do everything yourself—a partner can be an asset to your business. For this reason, you might consider working with a business partner. Not only does having a business partner distribute some of the work, it gives you someone to bounce ideas off of, the benefit of an additional skill set, and a colleague who feels as passionately about your business idea as you do. But, how can you find and cultivate a business partner relationship like that?

Finding an Affordable Commercial Space, a Business Partner & Community in Austin, TX

Austin Startup

One of the first set of questions I asked was to my friend and now business partner, Steph Douglass. Why not have a space that brings neighbors together and gives the community a place they can come to and learn, hang, and live. So, we made our space a community event center. Our space is free to groups who try to do good for the world and our community. Eric , owner of LeverCraft coffee , (and my partner) is a real go-getter.

BlogFrog – From Blogs To Communities

YoungUpstarts

Rustin Banks is today the CEO of BlogFrog , a web-based platform that turns blogs into interest-based communities. Banks was an old hand at online communities, after all – at age 12, he’d host computer Bulletin Board Systems right out of his parent’s closet. “We leveraged social media, our own niche blogging communities, viral features built into the product, and women focused social media conferences to target blogging influencers,&# he says.

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

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

Odis Jones Explains How to Strengthen Your Rural Community’s Economy

The Startup Magazine

Rural communities in the United States are encountering challenges that threaten the overall state of the land and quality of life experienced by the residents. Rural community development needs a new look. Investment In The Community.

dot429.com – Professional Networking For The LGBT Community

YoungUpstarts

We can’t deny there can still be some form of discrimination against the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in the workplace (or elsewhere, for that matter), so perhaps it’s no wonder that they would come up with an online professional networking site – dot429 ( www.dot429.com ) – a professional networking site for LGBT community and their allies. Ideaspotting dot429.com LGBT community online networking professional network

PSI Pay Offering Alternative Payment Solutions To The Business Community

YoungUpstarts

The PSI-Pay Company started being functional in the year 2007 as it helped the business community in the world. In addition to that, it is a major partner with the MasterCard International and have been doing this ever since 2009. The company is majorly seen to empower those who partner with them to be able to excel in whatever they do, be it marketing, sales, general management or even the distribution of the card payment programs.

Upfront Ventures Adds Hamet Watt as New Investment Partner

Both Sides of the Table

I am thrilled to announce that we have added Hamet Watt as a Partner at Upfront Ventures. But as sweet as that success has been (we invested pre-revenue in a small team) today my even more important news was the further expansion of our partner ranks. He also formed strong working relationships with my partners at Upfront over the years. We have been on a drive to add more operational partners. He will be a venture partner.

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. Whatever you’re trying to brand – your company, your community or yourself – this is the first exercise I would recommend that you start with. Brad Feld visited Los Angeles this past week.

Introducing Our New Partner – Chris Moody

Feld Thoughts

We are excited to announce that Chris Moody is joining Foundry Group as a partner. There would be no generational planning, no transitions to younger partners, and no senior partner hold-outs who would hang onto economics well after they had stopped working. Recognizing this, we started to make a list of people we would consider adding as partners, as one of our deeply held beliefs was never to have associates, venture partners, or EIRs as part of our firm.

The Necessity of Secure File Sharing for Boards of Community Banks

Board Effect

Board members of community banks regularly handle highly confidential information. The relationships that community banks have with their community are very important, and they can be a key to the bank’s success. Community bank boards meet as often as they need to.

Boulder Community Health Takes On The Mental Health Stigma

Feld Thoughts

This first appeared in the Boulder Community Health Foundation Summer 2019 Magazine in an article titled Taking On The Mental Health Stigma. I’m fortunate that my wife, business partners, family, and friends are helpful to me when I’m depressed. I was afraid to tell anyone I worked with, other than my business partner, that I was depressed. My business partner Dave was supportive, even when he didn’t really know what to do.

Director of Platform & Community

Genuine VC

My partner Rob wrote bit more on his blog about our motivations for adding our first new team member at NextView Ventures — a Director of Platform and Community. We are looking for a passionate, outgoing, and talented individual embedded within the local Boston entrepreneurial community to facilitate information sharing between NextView portfolio companies, spearhead community-building & outreach efforts, and help promote our firm.

Synctera Brings ‘FinTech As A Service’ To Community Banks

Lightspeed Venture Partners

The post Synctera Brings ‘FinTech As A Service’ To Community Banks appeared first on Lightspeed Venture Partners

The Importance of Secure Technology in Community Banking

Board Effect

The ABA Banking Journal offers five elements of secure technology for community banks and other financial institutions. Along with every other type of industry, community banks are relying on cloud-based and remote employee access programs.

The Community Comeback: 14 Ways Local Leaders Are Reshaping America

YoungUpstarts

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. One of the most crucial hidden truths about the community comeback is who’s driving it: civic-minded entrepreneurs and private citizens of every stripe. We’re asking, How can we make our community the best it can be? Even deeply struggling communities can turn themselves around.

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. It seems plausible to me that a scientific community built on the principles of trial-and-error (emphasis on the latter), measurement, refinement, discovery and then scaling around the very few ideas that actually worked would breed a strong culture of tolerance for things that didn’t work but for which strong effort and rational thinking went into the failure.

Your community of peers

VC Adventure

We have a very active CEO and founder mailing list at Foundry, where there are daily rifs on any number of topics and where portfolio companies can reach out to each other for help and advice (we have a separate list for CTOs, one for Boulder companies and another for Bay Area companies as well – all designed to build Community – with a capital “C” – around the shared trait which is Foundry as an investor).