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:
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.