Based on more than twenty years of Boulder-based entrepreneur turned-venture capitalist Brad Feld's experience in the field as well as contributions from other innovative startup communities this reliable resource skillfully explores what it takes to create an entrepreneurial community in any city, at any time. Along the way, it offers valuable insights into increasing the breadth and depth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem by multiplying connections among entrepreneurs and mentors, improving access to entrepreneurial education, and much more.
- Details the four critical principles needed to form a sustainable startup community
- Perfect for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists seeking fresh ideas and new opportunities
- Written by Brad Feld, a thought-leader in this field who has been an early-stage investor and successful entrepreneur for more than twenty years
"Mr. Feld wants to make it clear that all sorts of cities across the world can become home to job–creating new businesses if only they foster the necessary culture. He sets out a framework for a successful start–up community. . . . if more people contributed to the places in which they live, as Mr. Feld and others have evidently done in Boulder, we probably would have more start–up communities around the world for him to visit."(Jonathan Moules, Financial Times book review, November 15, 2012)
"A favorite question at entrepreneurship conferences is which world city has the entrepreneurial dynamism to become a major start–up capital on par with Silicon Valley. London, Singapore, Tel Aviv, New York and Berlin are usually cited. Seldom, however, do you hear anyone propose Boulder, Colo. That is, unless you are in the company of Brad Feld, an early–stage investor, technology entrepreneur and author of "Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City," published by Wiley. Feld wants to make clear that all sorts of cities across the world can become home to job–creating new businesses if only they foster the necessary culture."(Los Angeles Times book review, December 9, 2012)
"StartUp Communities was designed to engage and inspire entrepreneurs everywhere...definitely worth a look if you′re felling fired up about looking beyond the ′Silicon Roundabout′ to create real hotbeds of entrepreneurial activity in the UK" (Talk Business, January 2013)