Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem


I recently had the opportunity to meet Brad Feld at the Foundry Group offices in Boulder. Though it was a quick meeting related to fundraising for me an important moment beyond the objective of the meeting. I feel there is no better way to learn the thinking of someone than to read their writing so prior to the meeting I grabbed Startup Communities and took a day to learn from Brad Feld.

“‘Startup communities’ are popping up everywhere, from cities like Boulder to Boston and even in countries such as Iceland. These types of entrepreneurial ecosystems are driving innovation and small business energy. Startup Communities documents the buzz, strategy, long-term perspective, and dynamics of building communities of entrepreneurs who can feed off of each other’s talent, creativity, and support. 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”–Provided by publisher.