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The Startup Community Way


The Startup Community Way

Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
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von: Brad Feld, Ian Hathaway

21,99 €

Verlag: Wiley
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 25.06.2020
ISBN/EAN: 9781119613640
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 368

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<p><b>The Way Forward for Entrepreneurship Around the World</b></p> <p>We are in the midst of a startup revolution. The growth and proliferation of innovation-driven startup activity is profound, unprecedented, and global in scope. Today, it is understood that communities of support and knowledge-sharing go along with other resources. The importance of collaboration and a long-term commitment has gained wider acceptance. These principles are adopted in many startup communities throughout the world.</p> <p>And yet, much more work is needed. Startup activity is highly concentrated in large cities. Governments and other actors such as large corporations and universities are not collaborating with each other nor with entrepreneurs as well as they could. Too often, these actors try to control activity or impose their view from the top-down, rather than supporting an environment that is led from the bottom-up. We continue to see a disconnect between an entrepreneurial mindset and that of many actors who wish to engage with and support entrepreneurship. There are structural reasons for this, but we can overcome many of these obstacles with appropriate focus and sustained practice.</p> <p>No one tells this story better than Brad Feld and Ian Hathaway. The <i>Startup Community Way: Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem</i> explores what makes startup communities thrive and how to improve collaboration in these rapidly evolving, complex environments.</p> <p><i>The Startup Community Way</i> is an explanatory guide for startup communities. Rooted in the theory of complex systems, this book establishes the systemic properties of entrepreneurial ecosystems and explains why their complex nature leads people to make predictable mistakes. As complex systems, value creation occurs in startup communities primarily through the interaction of the "parts" - the people, organizations, resources, and conditions involved - not the parts themselves. This continual process of bottom-up interactions unfolds naturally, producing value in novel and unexpected ways. Through these complex, emergent processes, the whole becomes greater and substantially different than what the parts alone could produce.</p> <p>Because of this, participants must take a fundamentally different approach than is common in much of our civic and professional lives. Participants must take a whole-system view, rather than simply trying to optimize their individual part. They must prioritize experimentation and learning over planning and execution. Complex systems are uncertain and unpredictable. They cannot be controlled, only guided and influenced. Each startup community is unique. Replication is enticing but impossible. The race to become "The Next Silicon Valley" is futile - even Silicon Valley couldn't recreate itself.</p> <p>This book:</p> <ul> <li>Offers practical advice for entrepreneurs, community builders, government officials, and other stakeholders who want to harness the power of entrepreneurship in their city</li> <li>Describes the core components of startup communities and entrepreneurial ecosystems, as well as an explanation of the differences between these two related, but distinct concepts</li> <li>Advances a new framework for effective startup community building based on the theory of complex systems and insights from systems thinking</li> <li>Includes contributions from leading entrepreneurial voices</li> <li>Is a must-have resource for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, executives, business and community leaders, economic development authorities, policymakers, university officials, and anyone wishing to understand how startup communities work anywhere in the world</li> </ul>
<p>Foreword xiii</p> <p>Preface xvii</p> <p><b>Chapter One Introduction 1</b></p> <p>The Next Generation 2</p> <p>Our Approach 3</p> <p>A Deeper Motivation 5</p> <p>The Boulder Thesis 7</p> <p>Startup Communities are Complex Adaptive Systems 8</p> <p>Where We Were in 2012 10</p> <p>Where We are Now in 2020 12</p> <p>Using Complexity Theory to Explain Startup Communities 14</p> <p>Evolving the Boulder Thesis to the Startup Community Way 17</p> <p><b>Part I Introduction to Startup Communities 21</b></p> <p><b>Chapter Two Why Startup Communities Exist 23</b></p> <p>What Entrepreneurs Do 23</p> <p>The External Environment 25</p> <p>Networks over Hierarchies 27</p> <p>Networks of Trust 29</p> <p>Density and Agglomeration 33</p> <p>Quality of Place 35</p> <p><b>Chapter Three The Actors 41</b></p> <p>Leaders, Feeders, and Instigators 42</p> <p>Actors 45</p> <p><b>Chapter Four The Factors 59</b></p> <p>The Seven Capitals 60</p> <p>Factors 62</p> <p><b>Chapter Five Startup Communities</b></p> <p>versus Entrepreneurial Ecosystems 75</p> <p>Entrepreneurial Ecosystems 77</p> <p>Alignment of Actors 78</p> <p>Different, but Mutually Reinforcing, Purpose 80</p> <p>Systems within Systems 81</p> <p>Entrepreneurial Success 84</p> <p>Community/Ecosystem Fit 85</p> <p><b>Part II Startup Communities as Complex Systems 93</b></p> <p><b>Chapter Six Putting the System Back into Ecosystem 95</b></p> <p>Introduction to Systems 96</p> <p>The Whole System 97</p> <p>Simple, Complicated, and Complex Activities 103</p> <p>Moving from Activities to Systems 107</p> <p><b>Chapter Seven Unpredictable Creativity 115</b></p> <p>Emergence 117</p> <p>Synergies and Nonlinearity 118</p> <p>Self-Organization 120</p> <p>Dynamism 121</p> <p>The Study of Interactions 125</p> <p><b>Chapter Eight The Myth of Quantity 133</b></p> <p>More of Everything 134</p> <p>Outliers, Not Averages 136</p> <p>Entrepreneurial Recycling 138</p> <p>Leaders as Supernodes 140</p> <p><b>Chapter Nine The Illusion of Control 151</b></p> <p>Not Controllable 152</p> <p>Not Fully Knowable 154</p> <p>Feedbacks and Contagion 156</p> <p>Getting Unstuck 158</p> <p>Letting Go 160</p> <p><b>Chapter Ten The Absence of a Blueprint 165</b></p> <p>Initial Conditions and Basins of Attraction 168</p> <p>The Narrative Fallacy 170</p> <p>Building on Strengths and Learning from Failures 172</p> <p>Cultivating Topophilia 174</p> <p><b>Chapter Eleven The Measurement Trap 183</b></p> <p>The Fundamental Measurement Problem 184</p> <p>Actor and Factor Models: A Categorical Approach 186</p> <p>Standardized Metrics Models: A Comparative Approach 188</p> <p>Network Models: A Relational Approach 190</p> <p>Dynamic Models: An Evolutionary Approach 192</p> <p>Cultural-Social Models: A Behavioral Approach 194</p> <p>Logic Models: A Causal Approach 195</p> <p>Agent-Based Models: A Simulation Approach 198</p> <p>Applying the Different Models 199</p> <p><b>Part III From the Boulder Thesis to the Startup Community Way 207</b></p> <p><b>Chapter Twelve Simplifying Complexity 209</b></p> <p>The Boulder Thesis 210</p> <p>The Rainforest 212</p> <p>Applying Systems Thinking 214</p> <p>Looking Deeply 216</p> <p>Leverage Points 219</p> <p><b>Chapter Thirteen Leadership is Key 231</b></p> <p>Be a Mentor 234</p> <p>Entrepreneurs as Role Models 235</p> <p>Key Leadership Characteristics 237</p> <p><b>Chapter Fourteen Think in Generations 243</b></p> <p>Progress is Uneven and Often Feels Slow 245</p> <p>The Endless Long-Term Game 247</p> <p><b>Chapter Fifteen Diversity is a Feature, Not a Bug 255</b></p> <p>Cultivate Diversity 256</p> <p>Embracing Diversity 259</p> <p>Think Broadly about Entrepreneurship 260</p> <p><b>Chapter Sixteen Be Active, Not Passive 267</b></p> <p>Self-Similarity and Replication 268</p> <p>Don’t Wait or Ask Permission 269</p> <p>Play a Positive-Sum Game 270</p> <p>Continuously and Actively Engage 275</p> <p><b>Part IV Conclusion 281</b></p> <p><b>Chapter Seventeen Conclusion 283</b></p> <p>Reflections 283</p> <p>Summary of the Book 285</p> <p>Final Thoughts 291</p> <p>About the Authors 295</p> <p>Acknowledgments 297</p> <p>Notes 301</p> <p>Index 325</p>
<p><b>BRAD FELD</b> has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur for over 30 years. He is currently a partner at Foundry Group and is a co-founder of Techstars. In addition to his investing efforts, Brad runs the Anchor Point Foundation with his wife Amy Batchelor. Brad is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship. <p><b>IAN HATHAWAY</b> is an analyst, strategist, and writer. He has been an advisor and executive for leaders in technology, media, and finance on a range of innovation, strategy, and policy initiatives. He is a leading thinker and writer in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, cities, and the economy. Ian also advises and invests in startups in the United States and Europe.
<p>We are in the midst of a startup revolution. The growth and proliferation of innovation-driven startup activity is profound, unprecedented, and global in scope. Today, it is understood that communities of support and knowledge-sharing go along with other resources. The importance of collaboration and a long-term commitment has gained wider acceptance. These principles are adopted in many startup communities throughout the world. <p>And yet, much more work is needed. Startup activity is still highly concentrated in large cities. Governments and other actors such as large corporations and universities are not collaborating with each other nor with entrepreneurs as well as they could. Too often, these actors try to control activity or impose their view from the top-down, rather than supporting an environment that is led from the bottom-up. There are structural reasons for this, but we can overcome many of these obstacles with appropriate focus and sustained practice. <p>No one tells this story better than Brad Feld and Ian Hathaway. <i>The Startup Community Way: Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem</i> explores what makes startup communities thrive and how to improve collaboration in these rapidly evolving, complex environments. <p><i>The Startup Community Way</i> is an explanatory guide for startup communities. Rooted in the theory of complex systems, this book establishes the systemic properties of entrepreneurial ecosystems and explains why their complex nature leads people to make predictable mistakes. As complex systems, value creation occurs in startup communities primarily through the interaction of the parts—the people, organizations, resources, and conditions involved—not the parts themselves. This continual process of bottom-up interactions unfolds autonomously, producing value in novel and unexpected ways. Through these complex, emergent processes, the whole becomes greater and substantially different than what the parts alone could produce. <p>Although we are living in a booming age for startups, we need to think about the future. When the boom times slow, what will happen to our startup communities, and how will we ensure that entrepreneurial success is still within reach for everyone? This book provides a framework for answering these questions, looking at startup communities as complex systems that—given the right resources and support—can help entrepreneurs succeed and benefit society as a whole.
<p><b>AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO CREATING A THRIVING STARTUP COMMUNITY IN YOUR CITY USING THE THEORY OF COMPLEX SYSTEMS</b> <p>"<i>The Startup Community Way</i> zooms out to look at the big picture even as it provides a close, highly detailed look at each of the actors, factors, and conditions that can combine to create a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem . . . The work of innovation is continuous, and thinking truly long-term is crucial in order to reap its true benefits. What I mean by long-term thinking is an ongoing, honest, and comprehensive consideration of what we want our companies to look like—and our country and our world—for upcoming generations. In order to have the future we strive for, one in which opportunity and assets are fairly distributed, and thoughtful management and care for the planet and all of the people who live on it with us is central, we need to look beyond the right now to the realization of all the promise of the work that's already been done. This book is a perfect entry point for doing just that."<br> <b>—From the Foreword by Eric Ries</b> <p>When entrepreneurs, investors, and visionaries come together in one location to develop companies and support each other, magic happens. From bestselling author and entrepreneur Brad Feld and Ian Hathaway, entrepreneurship expert and startup advisor, <i>The Startup Community Way</i> introduces a new framework for thinking about startup communities and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Using the theory of complex systems, the authors show how you can foster openness, collaboration, and creativity that can't be controlled or engineered—but that will generate successful entrepreneurs and a vibrant society. <p>Following up Feld's bestselling <i>Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City</i>, this book expounds the principles of innovation through collaboration. You'll discover how to: <ul> <li>Provide and encourage committed, long-term leadership from within the startup community, bucking outdated top-down trends</li> <li>Embrace unpredictability, dynamism, and diversity to encourage the widest possible participation in the startup community</li> <li>Assess the applicability of various measurement models for your unique startup situation, and recognize the long-term nature of the entrepreneurial ecosystem development</li> <li>Focus on support and collaboration, root out unhelpful behavior, and build an engaged, positive sum mindset into your startup culture</li> </ul> <p>Anyone engaged in the business of innovation will find endless inspiration in <i>The Startup Community Way</i>. Regardless of your role, you'll find new ways to engage with your startup community while building a long-term, healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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