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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...

Book Review: “Shipping Greatness” by Chris Vander May @ShippingChris

In Shipping Greatness, Chris Vander Mey brings a methodical approach to shipping software. While his experience may have been what he learned at Google and Amazon, there’s a great deal you can learn from his narrative in helping you frame a strategy that will help you in your startup as you  build, launch and ship great software. The book aside, there is some terrific content you can discover where you can look at a sample revenue model, project feedback form and many others. Follow and connect with Chris on his social profiles: Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, or Facebook. If I had one suggestion, and of course, I am sort of biased here, I would like to see next edition go beyond just shipping in the literal sense, but also more recommendations on media relations, blogger outreach and building community. That notwithstanding, Shipping Greatness should be on your team’s reading list. After buying the book, assign a team member to read his blog to keep up with and contribute to his community. Get it here on Amazon.  Highly...