So you want to make your town the next Silicon Valley? In Brad Feld's new book Startup Communities, Brad gives us mere mortals a glimpse in to how to form, build and grow a startup scene in your town. Brad explains, "I was convinced to move to Boulder when my wife Amy said that she was moving there and I was welcome to join her, or not. She made a convincing argument!"
The problem, for a burgeoning technology tycoon like Brad, Boulder was a backwater. Sure there was a great university. Sure there were interesting people doing interesting things but there was no SCENE!
Fast forward to 2012 and Boulder is one of the hottest place to start a high growth company in the world. So what changed?
According to Brad, it was a group of a committed entrepreneurs, It was not the VCs, not the professors, not the service providers. They all had a role to play but the formation of a booming startup community was lead by the entrepreneurs themselves.
So how did they do it? Sorry, you'll have to buy the book! But for a sneak peak I got a chance to sit down with the Jedi Master and rap about his new book, how the machines are already in control and much more.