How could Boulder, Colorado, population 100,000 become the fourth most concentrated startup community in the US? Read Startup Communities (http://www.amazon.com/Startup-Communities-Entrepreneurial-Ecosystem-ebook/dp/B008UV826U/) to find out, and to learn what you can do to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem in your city.
This week we will be talking the book, particularly the four main points that Brad Feld dubs "The Boulder Thesis":
Entrepreneur led (Leaders & Feeders) 20 year view (Generational) Be inclusive (Non-zero sum) Engage the full stack of entrepreneurs (Events) I highly recommend picking up this book, but if you want to get the short version check out the Startup Communities Book Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Euntdsp8lT0) and watch Brad draw out the Boulder Thesis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vVX9TmaU1) in about 3 minutes. If you want more, check out this video of Brad Feld presenting to Montana Programmers about the book (https://vimeo.com/49211561) (1:49:30). There isn't really any visuals so you can download the MP3 (https://dl.dropbox.com/u/2085396/Brad_Feld_presenting_at_Montana_Programmers_FULL.mp3) if you like, and listen to it while commuting to work. I also made a cut of just him speaking about the book (https://dl.dropbox.com/u/2085396/Brad_Feld_presenting_at_Montana_Programmers_SHORT..mp3), with no introductions or questions (38:02).
Hopefully by the end of the discussion your interest will be piqued enough to read this worthy (and short!) book, and furthermore, think about how you can contribute to building a stronger startup ecosystem in Kelowna.