I've been thinking about the community question for a while. My estimate is that we have about[masked] tech entrepreneurs in nyc and a total community of around 7000 people in the startup space (not counting employees). These are guesses btw so feel free to disagree.?
We have people and groups but no one has brought them together. I"m trying to do this a bit with my happy hours having groups from all sides as cohosts and i've got a couple of other events in planning. Community will develop as a result of 2 things 1) information sharing between successful entrepreneur's and 2) investors and entrpreneurs working from the same side of the table....the idea is to build community beyond people that go to network because they have to netwrok or are looking for something. Sustainable community requires serious people on all sides that add net value to the group and can share experiences.?
We don't have this now, i'd love to work with anyone whose trying to make it so.?
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On Feb 24, 2008, at 9:48 AM, Murat Aktihanoglu wrote:
Dealmaker Media, Lunch 2.0, TwiistUp and GeekDinner are replicating their Silicon Valley events in LA, hence building a strong community that supports/fosters startups/entrepreneurs/investors in the area.
Of course, we are always talking about how we can create a similar community in NY. I am not affiliated with any of these events, I am just an entrepreneur in New York City that spends time in the valley sometimes (last time at the Kleiner/Perkins incubator) and groks fully why so many entrepreneurs move there. I got contacted a while ago by one of these event organizers, they were just trying to gauge the potential of setting up similar events in New York. We already have some similar events here but what do you think we can do to show these silicon valley events and also NY-based companies thinking about venturing into this space, that 'if they build it, the community will come in force'?
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