Summary of Startup Communities

Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City

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Does your city have the entrepreneurial know-how to become a “startup community”?


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The United States and much of the developed world remain in economic doldrums, and governments are unwilling or unable to spend their way out. The US needs economic stimulus and is counting on entrepreneurs. New ventures and small businesses account for a significant percentage of jobs and economic growth. Based on his decades as an entrepreneur and on the leadership role he played in developing a “startup community” in Boulder, Colorado, Brad Feld offers a short, practical guide to bringing this economic engine to other communities at a grassroots level. While his advice feels somewhat rigid at times, and he bases his treatise largely on his experience in one city, getAbstract recommends this handbook to entrepreneurs seeking to help their communities thrive, and to policy makers, economic development professionals, university administrators and anyone interested in the economic future of their community.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What vital role startups and entrepreneurs in high-growth ventures play in the US economy
  • How to build a successful “startup community,”
  • How to avoid the myths and pitfalls that can set you back


“Startup Communities”
The economic collapse of 2008 remains a powerful force worldwide. Past debts and current deficits restrict cash-strapped governments in the US, Europe and beyond. The US Congress and the White House are encouraging initiatives that enable cities and regions to ignite...
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Brad Feld, a frequent speaker and a blogger, is a successful entrepreneur, investor and mentor to dozens of startups nationwide.

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