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The Startup Community Way: Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (Techstars) Kindle Edition
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AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO CREATING A THRIVING STARTUP COMMUNITY IN YOUR CITY USING THE THEORY OF COMPLEX SYSTEMS
"The Startup Community Way zooms out to look at the big picture even as it provides a close, highly detailed look at each of the actors, factors, and conditions that can combine to create a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem . . . The work of innovation is continuous, and thinking truly long-term is crucial in order to reap its true benefits. What I mean by long-term thinking is an ongoing, honest, and comprehensive consideration of what we want our companies to look likeand our country and our worldfor upcoming generations. In order to have the future we strive for, one in which opportunity and assets are fairly distributed, and thoughtful management and care for the planet and all of the people who live on it with us is central, we need to look beyond the right now to the realization of all the promise of the work that's already been done. This book is a perfect entry point for doing just that."
From the Foreword by Eric Ries
When entrepreneurs, investors, and visionaries come together in one location to develop companies and support each other, magic happens. From bestselling author and entrepreneur Brad Feld and Ian Hathaway, entrepreneurship expert and startup advisor, The Startup Community Way introduces a new framework for thinking about startup communities and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Using the theory of complex systems, the authors show how you can foster openness, collaboration, and creativity that can't be controlled or engineeredbut that will generate successful entrepreneurs and a vibrant society.
Following up Feld's bestselling Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City, this book expounds the principles of innovation through collaboration. You'll discover how to:
- Provide and encourage committed, long-term leadership from within the startup community, bucking outdated top-down trends
- Embrace unpredictability, dynamism, and diversity to encourage the widest possible participation in the startup community
- Assess the applicability of various measurement models for your unique startup situation, and recognize the long-term nature of the entrepreneurial ecosystem development
- Focus on support and collaboration, root out unhelpful behavior, and build an engaged, positive sum mindset into your startup culture
Anyone engaged in the business of innovation will find endless inspiration in The Startup Community Way. Regardless of your role, you'll find new ways to engage with your startup community while building a long-term, healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
BRAD FELD has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur for over 30 years. He is currently a partner at Foundry Group and is a co-founder of Techstars. In addition to his investing efforts, Brad runs the Anchor Point Foundation with his wife Amy Batchelor. Brad is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship.
IAN HATHAWAY is an analyst, strategist, and writer. He has been an advisor and executive for leaders in technology, media, and finance on a range of innovation, strategy, and policy initiatives. He is a leading thinker and writer in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, cities, and the economy. Ian also advises and invests in startups in the United States and Europe. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B085422QMC
- Publisher : Wiley; 1st edition (August 3, 2020)
- Publication date : August 3, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 4111 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 321 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #527,727 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Within the book, the concepts of complexity, social capital, and networks of trust provide the depth needed to focus on what matters for the long haul. One of the galvanizing thoughts within these concepts is the simplicity of community-ecosystem fit. As entrepreneurs, we work on product-market fit, and we need to take a similar approach to build an active startup community. Trust is a key factor, as is a focus on social capital. Feld and Hathaway provide deeper thoughts and models for community builders to consider and use.
As someone working to build a new social entrepreneur community, I know this book will become worn as we go back to it again and again. Creating a new community can seem daunting, but The Startup Community Way offers encouragement and models to make it a reality over time.
Brad Feld is one of the most qualified people I know of to write on this subject, from actually walking-the-walking to being passionately involved in many and various ways with entrepreneurs and founders throughout the US and globally he has the perspective and credentials to write this book. I am sure this is true for Ian too, I just have not followed his achievements.
The book is a true analysis, with detailed conclusions but also detailed reference for the reader to look at the data on which the book is built. Indeed this is probably the most cross-referenced book I have read in many years. From chapter notes with links to all kinds of sources (in the Kindle version), to the it's own detailed, linked index - it's an analysts dream. Too much, I don't think so - though much will be lost to the Audible reader (which is how I usually consume books).
This book covers a long history, but is not a simple rework of old material which is updated and added to - it is current perspective on historic observation - if only others were learning from history and re-evaluating as they went!
Who is this book for? It seems everyone in the startup community but especially those trying to actively grow and engage such communities - it's for 'activist' founders (which is many of course), not just founders. Not your typical book about startups - don't bother if you are a wannabe founder looking for more reading to take no action upon.
I've enjoyed Brad's perspectives via his blog for a long time, this book has a very different feel to it - for which I assume we thank Ian. Great research, great context and timely as the global economy tasks another big shift in response to 'new wormal'.
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Peter John Dervenis, Founder, Peter D Help and PJD Academy.
The book seems a bit academic at times and could benefit from more storytelling, but is, nevertheless, a fantastic resource for all startup community participants.