Brad Feld: Impact of His Book Startup Communities

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In this 19 minute video Brad Feld discusses the reaction and impacts of his book Startup Communities about 15 months after it was published. It's a fascinating look into what he was surprised by, what worked and a few things that disappointed him.

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Topics include:

  • How important geography is to the concepts in the book and some unconventional ways of looking at geography.
  • A deeper understanding and appreciation of the impact of individual "feeders" who are leaders.
  • Non-entreprenuers co-opting the process in some communities.
  • Defensive reactions by some in hierarchies.
  • People were measuring too much or monitoring the wrong things.
  • Thoughts on the tremendous power of "networks" versus "hierarchies" in the creation process.

This video is part of a 5-video series with Brad.

Brad Feld

Brad Feld

Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of TechStars.

In addition to his investing efforts, Brad has been active with several non-profit organizations and currently is chair of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, co-chair of Startup Colorado, and on the board of UP Global. Brad is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship and writes the widely read blogs Feld Thoughts, Startup Revolution, and Ask the VC.

Brad holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brad is also an avid art collector and long-distance runner. He has completed 23 marathons as part of his mission to finish a marathon in each of the 50 states.


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Chapters for Brad Feld: Impact of His Book Startup Communities

Chapter Name Start Time (HH:MM:SS)
Introduction 00:00:08
Importance of Geography and Ways To Think About It 00:00:50
Deeper Understanding/Appreciation of Individual
"Feeders" Who Are "Leaders"
00:04:48
How Entrepreneurship Is Much More Accessible Today 00:08:19
Non-entreprenuers Co-opting the Process
in Some Communities
00:09:59
Defensive Reactions by Some from Hierarchies 00:11:19
Look Forward Don't Measure 00:13:00
Thoughts on The Tremendous Power of Networks 00:16:42

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