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,” and
- How to avoid the myths and pitfalls that can set you back.
About the Author
Brad Feld, a frequent speaker and a blogger, is a successful entrepreneur, investor and mentor to dozens of startups nationwide.