My Journey in Radical Transparency

What are you the best at that you enjoy doing the most?


How do I get Involved?

find ways to help others

I get asked this question all the time “How can I get more involved in the community?” The simple answer is “Find ways to help others.” If we all focus on this one thing them we’ll all have more opportunities. The problem is it’s too easy to get focused on what we want and spend all our resources keeping score and looking for the quick win. An ecosystem will die if you can not create a greater number of givers than takers. Give First! Here are some simple ways to can give back. Try to do at least one of these a day.

How to get involved:
Attend an event
Share a post
Write a story
Mentor a founder
Advise an employee
Create an event
Join a committee
Run a committee
Share a tweet
Sponsor an Event
Meet with a Founder
Contribute some information
Create an Infograph about the ecosystem
Make an introduction for someone
Comment on a post
Host an event
Invite a  group to dinner
Check in at Startup locations and post
Follow local hashtag and retweet
Vote up local teams on Product Hunt
Ask a question on Slack
Post a picture from an event on Facebook.
Bring a friend to an event
Invite others to events
Make a plan to meet someone at an event
Answer a question on Slack
Reply to a post
Take time to learn about local startups
Give a shout out to your favorite volunteer
Share a learning experience.
Sign up to volunteer
Invest in a startup
Work out of a startup space
Hire an apprentice
Job shadow someone
Share a best practice
Do a podcast
What am I missing? Please post your favorites in the comments.


San Diego Next: Executive Summary

We believe entrepreneurism is spread evenly across the population. Therefore, entrepreneurs should be representative of our entire community. If entrepreneurism was based solely on ability, you would already see this representation happening. However, ability is not enough. Opportunity is the key to becoming an entrepreneur. We must expand this opportunity throughout our entire community.

Opportunity: Create San Diego NEXT

One extremely important missing piece of this puzzle is a physical space. A single place where we can harness the development of entrepreneurism in our community. This is the place where everyone knows to direct someone who is ready to explore what’s next. Designers, developers, entrepreneurs, founders, community members, visitors, guests… this is the place to go to find out what’s NEXT. The active space creates opportunity for collisions, connections, and new relationships. Individuals will be engaged in ways not currently possible and will have access to opportunities that are currently unimaginable. The space will be a resource center, active learning space, community welcome center, and skills development environment. It is not however the final destination but merely the launching point prior to the next adventure. This is San Diego NEXT.

The Why

Entrepreneurs should have the opportunity to earn their way to the additional resources needed to build great companies. These companies can contribute to our community through goods and services, job creation, and economic sustainability for the region. Entrepreneurism is an important skill. So important, in fact, that it should be considered the first “E” in STEEAM. Once someone understands their ability to create change in the world, the possibilities are endless. This can be applied to everything from starting your own company to being the best employee in an established. There is always a better way, and entrepreneurism can guide us with the skills needed to discover them.

Companies worth more than one billion dollars are commonly referred to as unicorns. There is a common sentiment among ventures capitalists that it’s an all-or-nothing game, but not all great companies have to be unicorns. Investments are made in the most capable teams – teams who work on the biggest ideas and have the most to gain. Scalability is key. These individual companies must be able to increase output and grow at an exponential rate. This may be true when looking only at individual investments made in a single company. However, what if we expand our definition of scale to cover our entire region? When we look at a large pool of great companies, each works together to create more jobs, ramp up production, do more with less, and create a multiplying effect on our regional economic growth. We have the ability to foster an incredibly durable, high growth, and sustainable ecosystem that strengthens itself through the alliance of multiple companies working to scale in unison.

Inclusive economic development is key to sustainable regional growth. Being inclusive is far more meaningful than checking a box on diversity. Truly inclusive environments are both inviting to the broader community and encouraging for individuals to be comfortable being themselves and contributing to the conversation. Without all of these elements, diversity has little value. We have an immense amount of untapped potential within our entrepreneurial community. We need to develop new methods to create the opportunities that will allow for a greater number of individuals to earn their way to more resources.

We can make this a core value for our community. This is a collective “we.” Through the work already being done, we have been testing these concepts with great success. Our “we” consists of individuals from more than 40 regional organizations participating directly in our programs. These individuals work together to create a life cycle for entrepreneurism. There are many target organizations in our community that provide amazing programs for self-identified entrepreneurs who have been afforded the opportunity to showcase their ability to succeed. Most of these programs receive applications from far more individuals who are not fully prepared. Working together, we have provided a life cycle to help individuals earn their way to more resources. Individuals can learn the skills needed to run good experiments, collect valid data, analyze information, and make great decisions. From there, they can build teams and have a much better opportunity to gain acceptance into one of the target organization’s programs. This is how we create a life cycle for entrepreneurism. The best part is that things don’t have to start there. There is boundless potential in entrepreneurial individuals who have not yet self-identified as entrepreneurs. Through our scout program, we work with community leaders who are far outside the traditional startup ecosystem to help us identify individuals who have entrepreneurial traits and problem-solving skills. It’s through this network of people and organizations working to identify individuals in our community, that we are able to scale a program for the entire region.


San Diego nExT: Part 4 of 5- What’s nExT

{OPENING THOUGHT: This post was the first San Diego nExT post I wrote back on February 21, 2016. Obviously it’s taken me way too long to get these out and many things have changed since then. Just keep this in mind as you read through the post. We’ve come a long way in the past year.}

n Entrepreneurs x Technology = Startup Ecosystem

How can we get this done? San Diego nExT- A catalyst organization that works with other active groups to foster the growth of the entrepreneurial spirit in San Diego. We can maximize the impact by coordinating efforts with groups like Seed San Diego, San Diego Venture Group, UC San Diego, Connect, EvoNexus, Startup Leadership Program and Startup San Diego. This will catalyze the rest of the ecosystem and provide opportunities for others to get involve in whatever way that’s most meaningful to them. Mentor, adviser, team member, syndicate investor, angel investor, founder, we’ll work to connect them all.

Each program will be created by entrepreneurs to develop methods to support other entrepreneurs in testing ideas and build companies. The initial program will be an idea accelerator focused on helping entrepreneurs understand how to measure the size of the problem they’d like to solve. They’ll learn to run test to better understand if this is the opportunity that’s worth pursuing further. From there they’ll have an opportunity to present their findings and apply for the accelerator stage of the program to help put the idea into action.

This can be facilitated through an early stage life cycle fund. The fund will work with entrepreneurs to develop programs to support other entrepreneurs in testing ideas and build companies. The full cycle fund has the ability to support a select number of companies all the way to their series A. All along the way it will catalyze the rest of the ecosystem and provide opportunities for others to get involve in whatever way is most meaningful to them. Mentor, advisor, team member, syndicate investor, angel investor, program manager, etc…

Here’s an example of how this could be done. First, we create a regional seed fund that funds programs to help grow the earliest stages of company development. The primary goal is to fund companies that can not raise traditional venture capital. We consider these independent companies.

Historically it’s been very challenging to create a venture fund that only focuses on one particular region. The biggest challenge is primarily deal flow. The paradox comes from a limited number of regional deals vs the need to deploy the fund in a timely manner. Of course there are exceptions to this rule and we have an industry here that is one of them. There is a high enough concentration of Biotech and Life Science companies here that we can focus a fund primarily in this vertical and secondarily on the region. However, this doesn’t exist for other industries.

The first way to address this is to start with funding even earlier stage teams. This creates stronger ecosystem with a solid foundation for building higher quality and greater quantity of deals for later stage funds. The second thing to do is work with the right local limited partners. We’ll need to make sure interests are aligned and that you don’t have institutional pressure to invest the funds before it’s in the best interest of the entrepreneur and the startup.

San Diego nExT will participate in the creation of several new programs. The first program will be an independent idea accelerator. This program will help individual entrepreneur’s better define their idea and within a very short amount of time be able to conclude whether or not this is something that they should pursue. The program’s goal is to give entrepreneurs their first bit of outside money that provides an incentive for them to focus on their idea. They learn the techniques required to test an idea so they can understand why they should continue working on this idea or why they should move on to a new one. They’ll now have the skills required to understand if that idea is worth pursuing and what to do if not.

The second program will be a life cycle accelerator program. This program will work with the individual entrepreneur’s with ideas that are worth pursuing and help them build companies. We’ll cover team building, business model, finances, and customer development. The goal for this program is to help the entrepreneur determine their idea’s product market fit. In addition to providing some initial funding we’ll also match the teams with mentors and train them with the skills they need to build a great business. The structure of the investment will allow us to have aligned interested even if the company doesn’t end up having an exit or raising additional outside funds.

Imagine what our ecosystem would look like if we could rally our resources around the creation of 100 home grown $50mm companies instead of hoping we can attract 5 unicorns.

{CLOSING THOUGHT: Now that I’ve waited so long to post these I already have an idea of what this looks like in action. Part 5 will talk about some of the results we’ve seen over the past year.}


San Diego nExT: Part 3 of 5- The Solution

We need to be bold and make the unimaginable a reality. The scope will focus on what could happen in the next 20 years and making it happen in the next 5. The concepts need to be audacious and story worthy. How can our community work together to become San Diego Next?

We have all the elements required to create the next great age.
Platform, Sensors, Data collection, Information generation, Knowledge creation, Wisdom

These concepts apply to everything from Medical Devices, Robotics, Nanotech, Internet of Everything, Genomics, Cyber Security and everything Big Data. San Diego has an amazing set of existing infrastructure to utilize as a launch platform for what’s to come. However, we must do a better job of working together to accelerate the growth. If the current course continues of each industry remaining siloed, growth will be slowed due to redundant resources use to discover the same results. Many of the greatest innovations come from applying the technology from one industry to another.

This is all maximized through a dense growing population. Each time a community doubles it’s population the total productivity increased by 15%. This is for both input and output, efficiency and performance. We work better together.

These are easy concepts to understand but very difficult to execute. We can increase our opportunity for success by applying proven models in innovative ways. The end result will be uniquely San Diego and take us to what’s next.


San Diego nExT: Part 2 of 5- The Challenge

As with any situation, for there to be opportunity there must be challenges that are worth addressing. I’ve focused my attention on those affecting our startup ecosystem. It’s very difficult to identify a single root cause for any of these challenges. However, we can work together to create a positive set of outcomes that lead to more progress.


Throughout school we’ve been taught to study for the test and by answering the questions correct you succeed. The problem is that’s not the way most things work in life. Rarely do you get a manual that tells you the right decision so you can recall it at some point in the future. The ironic part of all this is that our education starts off in the right way. As babies we’re constantly experimenting and learning from running tests. As we get older this tends to get extracted from the process in an attempt to make things more efficient.

We find this happening all the way through college where students come out with a degree but they’re not equipped with all the skills needed to immediately contribute to an organization. Concepts and theories are very important to understand and can be helpful. However, they’re no replacement for practical implementation and the ability to adapt. It’s never been more important to continuously learn.

How can we measure our success based on our ability to learn?


I consistently hear the same thing from investors. First, there are only 4 or 5 investable tech companies that come out of San Diego each year. This comment makes me wonder “who’s responsibility is it to create more investable companies?” The answer I hear is “Good entrepreneurs will find a way to make it happen.” Second, capital is efficient and will get to the best opportunities. Yet, when you look at the cap tables of some of the best up and coming companies the majority of their funding has come from out of the area.

Both of these statement have merit however, using this as an excuse to not participate in the earliest stages of our ecosystem is short sighted and detrimental. The missing facts are:

1) Good entrepreneurs will also go to where they think they have the best opportunity to succeed.

2) Outside capital doesn’t get redeployed in the ecosystem after a successful outcome. This makes for a very challenging startup environment.

3) Exits are not the only way for companies to add value to a community.

From entrepreneurs the two things we hear are. First, there’s not enough local investment dollars to go around. Second, it’s hard to find good talent here. There’s a second job syndrome that prevents someone from taking a good job offer because of concerns that there are limited opportunities in the area if things don’t work out.

Again, good merit to both statements. However, we know that there are some active investors in the community and capital is efficient. Right? We also have the military bases and a top computer science programs right in our back yard. Where’s the talent all go? The most common answer is “back home.” .

How can we measure the success of our ecosystem based on the quality of support for entrepreneurs?


Politics get in the way of governing. It’s impossible for any one politician to know everything there is about their district. They must rely on others to help them understand as well as rely on the support of others to help them get elected. The programs created to resolve the issues of the past don’t fit in the world of constant rapid change. We need to find ways to be more versatile and still keep the accountability and measurable outcomes required to promote the outcomes to constituents.

Applying the old solution to a new problem in a different way isn’t going to solve the current problem. The greatest challenge is that our government officials have a set of solutions that have been applied in a certain way so they know it’s OK to use them. Changing the way those work opens up an all new set of questions that can be hard to address. They want to help, it’s tough to know the best way given the current set of tools at their disposal. If you want to be innovative and the first question you ask is “Where has this successfully been done before?” you’ve missed the point!

How can we create an environment where testing new combinations of innovative ideas is valued and celebrated?


There’s a negative connotation around San Diego for being known as the place that people go when they’re tired of working so hard. There’s a lot of talk about having a good work/life balance. The challenge is this implies the two concepts are opposites that need to be balanced. Why can’t we just live? More and more we understand that they’re both important and that our ability to have experience throughout is key to a positive lifestyle. With today’s focus on healthy living, a cleaner environment, and working well together the current workforce values quality of life at both home and work.

How can we create a positive message around living life?


In a recent talk Dr. Don Norman from the UC San Diego Design Lab said “San Diego isn’t known for great creativity and innovation even though we’re full of it.” Really great things are happening, this highlights the need to celebrate and share our creative community. It’s strange to walk around an urban environment and have most of the public art only on display in tourist areas. With so many blank walls on the sides of buildings, open courtyards, and bland lobbies it’s a wonder anyone thinks of us as being creative.

There’s also a significant divide between the creative and entrepreneurial communities. This is particularly frustrating considering all the different ways the two group could gain value by working together.

How can we be creative and build more interactivity and engagement in our community?

nExT: Part 3 of 5- The Solution


San Diego nExT: Part 1 of 5- The Opportunity

Since arriving in San Diego, I’ve often been asked to share my view of the startup ecosystem here. I’ve been waiting to talk broadly about it until I’d had a chance to discover things for myself. I’m happy to say, the time has come to share. Now some may think this is Brant’s Rant too. It’s not.

My verdict? There’s a tremendous amount of opportunity in San Diego. If I thought otherwise, I wouldn’t have chosen to stay. The question then becomes how I came to that conclusion.

When evaluating a community it helps to use a framework that creates a common language. My initial review is focused on the five primary pillars of a community:

  • Education
  • Business
  • Government
  • Health
  • Art

In many communities at least one of these has significant issues and becomes the topic of local scorn. You tend to hear, “If only X were better, then we could be great.” Here’s what I’ve discovered in San Diego, so far.


There’s a fantastic educational infrastructure in place here in San Diego. From primary through postsecondary there are many areas to celebrate. The most notable of these (in today’s economy) is the university system’s ability to do research and educate software engineers. This is the envy of many startup ecosystems around the world.


San Diego also has very strong business growth in a variety of sectors. From the outside, the most notable industries are Biotech, Semiconductors and Tourism. Once here, you realize there’s much more to the story. You can find companies in everything from cyber security, digital marketing, hardware, fitness tech, big data and more.


The local and regional political leaders in San Diego are interested in helping. They continue to stay engaged and listen to the requests of their constituents. Knowing the best way to help, given the resources available, is not always easy or straightforward. That said, having leaders that are taking steps to make a difference is much better than the inaction you sometimes find elsewhere.


Another incredible strength of San Diego is health. From the top ranked hospitals and primary care to the safety in the city, this is a very strong pillar. The peace of mind this provides can’t be underestimated.


Last, but certainly not least, San Diego is home to an amazing arts scene. From fine art galleries and artists to the theaters and musicians, this city has great variety to offer. This also merges into the applied arts of makers, architects and builders and the product of all this can be found in every neighborhood throughout the city. This is just the beginning of our development through design thinking and fostering creativity.

As you can see, I believe San Diego has five strong pillars that make it the amazing ecosystem it has become. If that weren’t enough, these traditional pillars are complemented by the military presence here and the bi-national culture in the area. These additional two pillar are only available in a few key areas and are rarely seen in a single community. This is a major differentiator for the region.

From a high level view San Diego has it all, plus some. Why would you want to be anywhere else?

Of course, this is just one opinion. I’m always interested in discussing other views. What aspects of each community pillar do you like the most?

nExT Up: Part 2- The Challenge



Not to Become Comfortably Numb

This is one of the greatest personal challenges of modern life. The crazy part is we’re taught it’s something we’re supposed to achieve. Go to school, find a spouse, get a job, buy a house, have a family, and then you get to retire. Bleh, growing complacent and becoming numb is the worst thing that can happen. We’ve all had to happen to us, you find yourself staying in more often not wanting to use the energy to go out and participate.  You get to the point where that becomes the norm.  I’ve had this happen again recently. I say again because breaking this cycle was one of the reasons why we moved to Las Vegas. Admittedly it’s necessary at times, I’m not talking about chilling out to recharge. The problem happens when gravity sets in and you can break free.

Talking about “Why Not” really puts things in perspective. Recently, I was listening to NPR during their annual silent auction. One of the available items was a ticket package for a team to participate in the Cotopaxi Questival. Now, just a couple weeks prior I had heard the Cotopaxi founder, Davis Smith, speak at StartSLC. In his talk he discussed his journey and the why behind the company. One of the ways they’ve been able to share their values is by hosting Questivals (a 24hr team adventure race.) It was in that moment while listening to the radio that I thought “Why Not.” So I put in the bid.

As you might have guessed I won the auction and then had to really figure things out. We had less than a week to put all this together. Who in their right mind would be willing to join us and give up their weekend with less than a week’s notice and run around town doing crazy activities? When it came to forming our team we wanted to take an opportunity to expand on current connections. The relationship process happens in stages. First, you collide with someone then, you share interests and connect until finally, you can build a relationship. We have tons of collisions that form many connections. However, relationships take time and we haven’t made that a priority. Here’s a chance to make that happen. We couldn’t have asked for a better team to come together.

24 hours prior to the start all participants receive a list of about 300 potential activities to perform during the Questival. There’s an assigned point value to use as a baseline. However, bonus points are awarded for creativity and some other subjective criteria. The activities are designed to be fun, helpful, and to take you completely out of your comfort zone. They require you to talk to strangers, do crazy activities, record them and post on social media; None of which we’re used to doing on a daily basis. However, it’s amazing how empowering just participating in the event can be. It’s so easy to just walk up to a stranger, explain that “you know it’s crazy but…” and then ask for their help with some task. In fact, that’s all it took almost 100 percent of the time. It’s how we got 3 ladies who were just eating breakfast at the campground to participate in arm wrestling in leg wrestling.  Another young woman allowed us to escort her across the street while one of us wore a Burt mask.  Each time we asked they started with a bit of a concerned look, but then came around and helped us out.

The Questival itself is just an excuse to start the conversion. What a great excuse, it helped us strengthen relationships, help others in the community and have a ton of fun doing it.  We had an amazing time as you can see in the video here:

I’d like to thank everyone at Cotopaxi and especially the Questival host team. Also thanks to our team, KODJAM (Karen, Oksana, Dylan, Jen, Andy and Mike) for creating such an amazing and memorable experience. You’re the best!

The event is so amazing that I’m still thinking about the tasks that we didn’t get to do. For example one of the tasks is to create a blog post about the event. Since I waited this long, I won’t be getting the points… We continue to see additional tasks all around us.

None of this is an earth shattering, life changing event but, it’s the little things in life that mean the most. We’ve begun to developed several great new relationships that I’m excited to continue. We broke out of our gravity and created an amazing experience. Do you know when you’re numb? What do you do to break out of it?


Journey to True Transparency

Transparency is hard and it's scary. I'm having trouble getting comfortable with it myself. We tend to think of a distopian 1984 situation with government oversight and big brother watching. This is not the case at all. That's a closed network with information only flowing in one direction. Very scary, Yes. Transparent, no. Consider what happens as you open up the network and have information flowing in both directions, all the time. That's what happens with True Transparency.

What does it mean to have true transparency?

We need to develop a common language around this topic for private companies and startups . First let's define the different types of transparency.  Dan Kador (@dkador) from Keen IO identifies a couple different types of transparency.

Inadvertent Transparency
Dan talks about this as:
"the kind that’s forced upon the entity that’s trying to keep secrets. Whistleblowers are the most obvious example here. Most of us who can remember a time before the internet existed look favorably on these folks. Snowden’s a perfect example of this. Similarly, Wikileaks revealed some uncomfortable truths (despite whatever we might think about Assange). Alayne Fleischmann has a lot to say about our broken financial systems. These three forced the NSA, the U.S. Government, and Chase, respectively, to publicize (some of) their secrets."
You can now add Sony Pictures to the list. With this type of transparency the information is forced out into the open. The source must then to react to whatever situation is created. Many times this makes them go on the defense and it's not pretty. This begs the question, why was the information held so closely in the first place? Of course there's always a reason but, are those still valid? What if the information was readily available?
Voluntary Transparency
Dan defines this as:
"the kind that’s freely shared. There’s a ton of that out there right now. It’s especially prevalent in the startup world. Companies writing about their plans for the newly raised round of capital. Companies writing about how they run their businesses. Hell, even companies running with completely open books."
This is when information is pro-actively shared. There are significant benefits to this. First, it's a great motivator for accountability. Second, it builds trust. Third, there are no concerns about containing information. This can be done in a variety of different ways for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, we're seeing it done at times as a marketing stunt. Only releasing good news after it happens is not transparency.
The third type is where Dan and I diverge. He talks about emotional transparency:
“something that leaves you feeling vulnerable”
This is where the thought process is discussed in addition to the data that's being shared. This is a very important concept but, it's one that's better discussed within the context of "types of information." This will be addressed in a future post. My next type is:

Exclusionary Transparency

This may seem like an oxymoron but, it's very important to frame the conversation. There's an implied value around transparency that all the pertinent information is being shared.  This also creates an implied context around the data. If this is not the case it's important to define the areas that are not being revealed. Every organization has exclusionary policies. These range from salaries to hiring and firing, research and development to product launches. This helps build the full context around the topic by defining what you don't know.

True Transparency

There's one additional element required to have true transparency. In addition to voluntary and exclusionary there must also be a consistent flow of data. If it's not on a consistent basis then it can't be true transparency. The consistent flow is what reinforces the trust. It's imperative that the information is being shared no matter what story it tells. Many times we see inconsistent timing of the information being shared. This calls into question the purpose of the data and erodes trust.
Ultimately everything we do is transparent to some degree. We leave behind a trail of information that can be pieced together to form a story. The main question is how involved do you want to be in the creation of that story?


Why Not?

Transparency has been a key term being discussed in many of my conversations. I know it’s important when running a business. How then should it apply to me personally? I began by wondering what I would need to filter. I couldn’t talk about all the discussions that I’m having about new opportunities… could I? On the other hand if transparency is the goal then why filter at all? Ultimately it all comes down to one simple question: Why Not?

Unless the answer was going to create a significant moral dilemma, cause harm to myself or others, or be illegal then why not go ahead and do it. I was able to live like this for a couple of years. It allowed me to make changes and have experiences that I never would have even considered before. In recent years I’ve gone back to filtering life with a stricter set of criteria. I’m no longer as open to gaining new experiences. This needs to change.

I’m going to commit to blogging once again and working through my decision making process in the open. Right now the most pressing issue is what’s next? I don’t have a specific project that I’m working on right now. There are many great conversation happening about what could be next but, there’s still much work to be done before I can decide.

I’m talking to a half-dozen people about new opportunities. They have not signed on for this journey yet. I’m going to send them each a note to see if they are OK bringing our conversation into the open. I’ll let you know how it goes.


RE: Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City

I’ve been working to expand my concept for startup ecosystem development. As it turns out Brad Feld is writing a book on it. I’m working on a full reply that details what I’ve found both here in Utah and over in Las Vegas. Until then here’s my reply to his recent post:

Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City by Brad Feld

I’m deep into writing my latest book. For now, the title is “Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City.” I’m open to different titles – if you’ve got ideas just put them in the comments.

Following is the current table of contents. It’s still pretty dynamic as I’m adding stuff while I’m writing. I’ve also got a bunch of guest sections coming from all over the US (I’ve got a dozen so far) so as they come in, I’m trying to fit them in (which often generates a new, or different section). If you are a leader in your entrepreneurial community and have something you want to add, email me 500 – 1000 words.

I’m looking for feedback on this table of contents. If anything jumps out at you as wrong, unclear, in the wrong place, or missing, please leave me your thoughts in the comments.

My current goal is to have a first draft ready for circulation finished by 12/31/11. I plan to have the book published and available by 2/29/12. I’m self-publishing this one so there will be no delay in getting it out. I also plan to price it low so it has the potential for broad distribution.


Andy White (@LeanStarter) says:

We like the concept of a startup ecosystem with a core startup community lead by entrepreneurs that can be supported by institutions and organizations. Too many times you see a top down approach that ends up becoming a build it and they will come situation. The only way this partnership can work is when the entrepreneur lead community organically grows large enough that it’s ready for additional resources.

Right now Las Vegas is a fantastic example of an organically grown startup community that’s ready for additional resources from the ecosystem. Individuals from organizations are now getting involved. If they can continue to work together, and not start kingdom building, it’ll be the example we study in years to come.