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Book Review: “Startup Communities” by Brad Feld / @bfeld

Brad Feld has a prescription for getting stuff done.

In his latest book, Startup Communities, Feld outlines a very plain, simple, matter of fact and very profound approach to what it takes to build startup communities.   You don’t have to be in Silicon Valley or in his case, Boulder, (which in its own right defies some elements of logic) to succeed.

Based on more than twenty years of observing and investing in startups and their the ecosystems that surround them, Feld’s approach is based on a long term vision and puts forth a prescription of how ecosystems of startup communities are created,  evolved and sustained.

Feld believes in inclusiveness, bringing more women into the fold, and trying to educate “old white guys” why startup ecosystems are good for their communities.

Living and working in San Antonio, we have our own community evolving, especially over the last year with the advent of Geekdom, the collaborative workspace house on the 10th and 11th floor of  The Weston Center.

Through the generosity of Rackspace Chairman, Graham Weston, and the leadership of Nick Longo, Director of Geekdom, I’m personally experiencing many of Brad’s thesis’ coming to life.  With our community now approaching 450 members, there are elements of spontaneity and randomness that has lead to new business for my own practice, and deal flow and funding for several of the startups housed at Geekdom.

Share This Book

The best thing you can do with Feld’s book is to buy both the ebook and paper version.   Keep the eBook for yourself.  Give the paper version away and pay it startup forward:  give it to someone who lives and works in a community that is evolving a startup community of their own.   And… be sure to connect on the Startup Communities calendar of events.

In my case, I gave my copy of Startup Communities to Abeer Hazboun, Director of PITA – The Palestinian IT Association, where I spoke yesterday at an event called Expotech in Ramallah.

Places like Ramallah as well as San Antonio are economic indicators that something special is happening in the global startup economy.  The ubiquity of broadband, low-cost (or free) hosting, and the rise of the social Internet are presenting new and unintended beneficial consequences when entrepreneurs and mentors collide.

 Highly Recommended.

P.S. – Read Vivek Wadhwa‘s book review in  The Washington Post here.

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