It was awesome hosting David Cummings in Boulder last night with the SalesLoft team. David is arguably the most influential entrepreneur in Atlanta.
Yesterday he wrote one of the most forward thinking posts on the Atlanta Startup Community I’ve read in…forever. Each one is spot on and happening weekly in Boulder, Colorado. Let’s explore how these ideas come to life in a city:
Regular Content-Oriented Meetups that are Startup Generic:
– The New Tech Boulder Meetup is the event everyone talkes about. It’s taken 5+ years to cultivate the community, but from what I’ve heard, the monthly event is excellent and extremely valuable to attendees. If someone moves to Boulder, this is one of the first stops on their journey to join the startup community.
– Boulder OpenCoffee Club is a bi-weekly morning get together at a local coffee shop where the attendees are lead through a “What’s going on in tech?” discussion. There is one this Tuesday morning and I can’t wait to go.
– Boulder had an excellent IdeaMensch in Boulder last week that had entrepreneurs and CEOs talk about taking an idea and growing it into something magnificent.
Startup-Oriented Event Space:
I give major kudos to the Boulder Startup Community for being creative in this category. They’ll use coffee shops, co-working spaces, sections of bars and office space to educate the community. “Event space” is a very liberal term to Boulderites. Anywhere that will take them and that is conducive to learning is an “event space.”
More Successful Entrepreneur Involvement:
The Best Boss Ever Spends 20% of his time building up his community. He’s not alone. GNIP, CEO, Chris Moody, TechStars CEO, David Cohen, Sendgrid’s CEO, JIm Franklin, Linksmart’s CEO, Pete Sheinbaum, CEO of Yesware, Matthew Bellows, T.A. McCann, Ari Newman, Howard Diamond, and many many many more CEO’s give their time to help Boulder entrepreneurs through their moments of “getting stuck.”
Entrepreneur-to-Entrepreneur Exclusive Networking:
This occurs at the tale-end of many meetups and education-oriented gatherings, but I don’t think they’re exclusive. This is one of the points I either don’t see/experience or know about in the Boulder Community. The best example of exclusive networking happens at invite-only happy-hours. Startups and exclusivity don’t go hand-in-hand because you’ve got to start somewhere. In Boulder, the community self-polices who they’ll accept into the community. The golden rule is help before asking for help and continue to have a pay-it-forward attitude. It’s pretty simple, but can lead to exclusivity, but that’s okay, because their open community doesn’t want people who don’t bring value.