September 27, 2012

12 Tips To Building a Successful Startup Community Where You Live


Editorâs Note: This is a guest post by Mark Suster (@msuster), a 2x entrepreneur, now VC at GRP Partners. He publishes more frequently over on his blog BothSidesoftheTable

Recently I wrote a post arguing to make the definition of a startup include more than what Silicon Valley, fueled by Venture Capital return profiles, like to attach the word to.

Today Iâd like to talk about what startup communities outside of Silicon Valley look like, how they emerge and what makes them take hold.

Most of what I think about startup communities came from mentorship by Brad Feld through hours of private discussion and debate.

You can now take advantage of this wisdom directly as Brad has now published it for everybody in a fantastic new book, âStartup Communities.â

Put simply, if you care about building a successful tech community outside Silicon Valley you should read this book. I will be ordering several copies for leaders in LA and will be helping to host Bradâs visit to our community later this year.

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