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Startup Communities

Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City
By: Brad Feld
Narrated by: David Kaplan
Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
4 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"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 one another'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 Brad 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.

©2012 Brad Feld (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Must read for entrepreneurs.

Stories and concept is excellent and really important for entrepreneurs and anyone involved with start ups to grasp. Was a little repetitive and unstructured at times, but overall a worthwhile read.

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thoroughly enjoy this book

great insights to startup ecosystems with valuable bites to help get you create on in your regional centre big or small.

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  • Jordan
  • 22-10-2013

Great content, horrible narrator

Brad Feld's book is a fantastic overview and insight into the important moving parts necessary for a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem.

But this is one of the few disappointing experiences I've had with audible.com. This narrator is worse than monotone, I could swear this was a machine-generated voiceover. What a HORRIBLE rendering of a topic that should be conveyed in a dynamic and passionate way. That's what the book is all about, after all: the dynamic and passionate nature of the startup community.

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  • Nathan
  • 02-11-2017

A very important book

Buying two copies. If you read this in Wisconsin, reach out and let’s get to it!

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  • Fares Ghandour
  • 01-05-2014

Great! Many points only true to US though...

Would you listen to Startup Communities again? Why?

Lots of solid advice and specific items that I'd like to research in more detail.

Would you be willing to try another book from Brad Feld? Why or why not?

Yes, because he's got experience...

Any additional comments?

Very US specific, some advice extremely tough to implement, specifically about the role of government. In the Middle East, with high friction between borders, government plays crucial role at least logistically and bureaucratically.. .

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  • Matt McKillip
  • 25-03-2013

Good on creating a startup ecosystem

Would you try another book from Brad Feld and/or David Kaplan?

Yes for Mr. Feld but did not care for Mr. Kaplan's reading style.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Startup Communities?

All the pieces of the puzzel Mr. Feld points out.

Would you be willing to try another one of David Kaplan’s performances?

Did not care for his style of reading

Do you think Startup Communities needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No it covers all the basics just fine

Any additional comments?

I recommend for those interested in creating a startup ecosystem to read this book.

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  • Buddy Cheeks
  • 07-03-2013

Must Read For Entrepreneurs

If you could sum up Startup Communities in three words, what would they be?

Next Level Insight

Any additional comments?

I picked up this book because I loved my experience with an accelerator and wanted to give back by starting my own. I used the information I learned from the book to nail 2 subsequent pitches. I now have money and mentors to set up shop all thanks to Startup Communities.

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  • Daniel Weiss
  • 24-10-2018

Droning Voice; Almost Fell Asleep While Driving

I could only listen to 10 - 15 minutes of this at a time as the horrible monotone voice was either so annoying I found myself comparing it to one of those automated phone systems or falling asleep from the droning monotones.

As the Author himself says; "it's ok to fail as long as you learn from it." Time for a re-do with a new voice.

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  • Nicky A.
  • 30-08-2018

Useful guideline

The book is easy to go through and gives me ideas and inspiration needed to start a community.

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  • Sean D. Mcclinton
  • 11-04-2018

Good Overview

Drones on a bit, without any first person narrative, but educational. Good starter for someone unfamiliar with the inner workings of a board, like I was.

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  • Jessie L. Jackson
  • 05-07-2017

Fantastic explanation!

We've used several already, and plan to use more of these tips in our community!

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  • Hummingbyrd
  • 20-03-2017

Entreprenuerial Brain Food

If you could sum up Startup Communities in three words, what would they be?

Entrepreneurial Brain Food

What other book might you compare Startup Communities to and why?

It's pretty unique, that's why I thoroughly enjoyed it!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Good Karma Entrepreneurs

Any additional comments?

Personally reached out to the author, Brad Feld, and he got right back to me, thanks for the insight into the Boulder (and others) startup community! Excited to get more involved!