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Book Synopsis: “Startup Communities”

Posted: September 12, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 12, 2012 2:00 a.m.

“Startup Communities”
Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City

Brad Feld


“Startup communities” are popping up everywhere, from cities such as Boston and Boulder, Colo., and even in countries as varied as Iceland and Wales.

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 20 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 Feld, a thought-leader in this field who has been an early-stage investor and successful entrepreneur for more than 20 years.

Engaging and informative, this practical guide not only shows you how startup communities work, but it also shows you how to make them work anywhere in the world.


Brad Feld is a co-founder of TechStars and has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Feld is also founder of Boulder, Colo.-based Foundry Group, a modular robotics company. Prior to that, Feld also co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures, a company that helped launch and operate software companies.


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