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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to fuel a startup revolution by a true expert, September 20, 2012
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This review is from: Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City (Kindle Edition)
It's hard to imagine an expert more qualified that Brad Feld to write a book on this topic. Not only is he an extremely accomplished entrepreneur and venture capitalist but he has also spent years supporting and building startup communities around the world.

With the increasing popularity of entrepreneurship, Brad's book provides a critical framework to build a thriving and healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem in any city in the world. At the center of this book is his "Boulder Thesis" which lays out the four key components of a framework for this ecosystem:

1. Entrepreneurs must lead the startup community.
2. The leaders must have a long-term commitment.
3. The startup community must be inclusive of anyone who wants to participate in it.
4. The startup community must have continual activities that engage the entire entrepreneurial stack

Each of these components is explained clearly with helpful examples. Personally, some of the highlights of the book was his section on "Mentors" which explains the key behaviors of a mentor, the "Attributes of Leadership in a Startup Community", and the chapter on "The Power of the Community" where Brad reminds us to "Give Before You Get" (awesome!) and to "Embrace Weirdness" --- any author that reminds us to "embrace weirdness" is okay in my book!

In short, I think this is very helpful and practical book for entrepreneurs, government officials, university leaders, and other entrepreneurial-related fields. As a founder of a startup, I highly recommend it and believe this book can provide fuel for a startup revolution... especially when explored in community.
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Initial post: Oct 28, 2012 8:39:48 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Dec 3, 2012 7:01:43 PM PST
Boils says:
Kev a couple of facts and I be jest sure you know what facts are.

1) There is an index in this pathetic and ultimately almost evil word salad advert that does not even list page numbers so one can not even count the number of times Brad name drops the names of his clown non-profit and University stooges.

2) There is page after page of scanned drivel from Brad's friends quoted on grey background, so sloppily done that the words are too close to the edge of the page. Gives new meaning to cut and paste.

3) One must question the non-profit status of jokes like Tech Stars that acts as a charity feeder fund for Brad only.

4) Brad's publicly supported CU Law School friends are also feeders for Brad. knowing Boulder and Colorado as I do....any kickbacks involved. Cause too much public money and facilities are in support of Brad..ley

5) Why do I smell a scamster of the first degree? Cause I read this fraud book.

6)Kev baby why be it that Brad's "word salad" is the only book U have ever reviewed?
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