Brad's Books and Organizations

Books

Books

Organizations

Organizations

Hi, I’m Brad Feld, a managing director at the Foundry Group who lives in Boulder, Colorado. I invest in software and Internet companies around the US, run marathons and read a lot.

« swipe left for tags/categories

swipe right to go back »

AC/VC, Mamalode, and The Missoula Startup Community

Comments (11)

On Friday 7/6 I spent the evening in Missoula with a bunch of entrepreneurs. Amy and I were in Missoula for the marathon on Sunday and I decided to do a Meetup talk about Startup Communities. Normally we are pretty anonymous when we show up in a town for a marathon weekend, but I thought I’d try something new this time. Rob Irizarry and the Montana Programmers Meetup made everything happen – all I had to do was show up and talk.

The Meetup was excellent and there’s a great write up on the Start Bozeman blog titled Brad Feld on Building Startup CommunitiesBut before the event, I had dinner with Rob, Ryan Stout, Jake Cook, and Elke Govertsen, the CEO of Mamalode at the Iza Asian Restaurant.

I was totally, completely blown away by Elke and what she and her gang have created at Mamalode. It’s a great example of bootstrapping a startup in a town off the beaten path, just going for it, and building a real company. Elke and Rob are exactly the kind of people I mean when I talk about the need for entrepreneurs to be the leaders of the startup communities.

Lisa Stone, CEO of BlogHer recently dubbed Mamalode The Best Parenting Magazine in America. I’ll add another accolade – best talent for a bunch of entrepreneurs making a video response to Foundry Group’s I’m A VC. In this case, it’s the Mamalode gang doing AC/VC. The picture above is me watching it for the first time over dinner.

Our entire weekend in Missoula was great and when I think back to it, the evening on Friday has inspired me to do Startup Community stuff on the Friday’s prior to marathons going forward. I’ve got three coming up in October – St. George (UT), Burlington (VT), and Detroit. If you are an entrepreneur in any of those cities and want to put something together with me, just drop me an email. And Elke, Rob, and the rest of the Missoula entrepreneurs that I met – thanks!

  • COECOVentures

    The Hong Kong marathon isn’t until next May (or late April), but I’m sure the eCentre at Cyberport and the newly created CoCoon HK in Tin Hau would love to have you speak. They are looking to create a Startup Community.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      I doubt I can do Hong Kong in April given all the US stuff I’ve already got commitments to but feel free to have someone drop me an email if you have a contact.

  • Lisa Stone

    Brad, couldn’t agree more: “I was totally, completely blown away by Elke and what she and her gang have created at Mamalode. It’s a great example of bootstrapping a startup in a town off the beaten path, just going for it, and building a real company. Elke and Rob are exactly the kind of people I mean when I talk about the need for entrepreneurs to be the leaders of the startup communities.”

    I look forward to following your trips to St. George (UT), Burlington (VT), and Detroit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/derekscruggs Derek Scruggs

    This is really encouraging to read. I hope that a thousand flowers bloom and startup communities continue to emerge all over the world. Not only is it good for economic development, but, on a personal level and as a member of one of those communities, it’s nice to know there are many places I can visit and immediately plug in to the local “tribe.”

    I hope something similar is happening in other industries. There’s no reason something like “medical communities” or even “help-the-homeless communities” shouldn’t emerge in the same way.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=578923633 Elke Govertsen

      Consider yourself part of the Missoula tribe anytime.

  • Pingback: AC/VC, Mamalode, and The Missoula Startup Community – SchemaByte

  • Pingback: Mamalode Magazine and Blog «

  • Pingback: Replica Louis

  • Pingback: cheap auto insurance quotes online

  • Pingback: seo linkbuilding service

  • Pingback: auto insurance

Build something great with me