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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.

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Community is Family

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This week’s The Founders is awesome. It reminds us that there are real people and real families behind every startup. I’ve experienced this over and over again in my 17 years in Boulder and it’s reflected in both the Startup Communities book that is out and the Startup Life book that Amy and I are in the final copyedit phase of and will be out by January.

Take a few minute break from your day to enjoy the lives of some great entrepreneurs in a dynamite startup community that are part of an extended family that I’m proud to be associated with.

Hacker News For Startup Communities

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I’m a huge admirer of Hacker News – it’s one of the sites I look at every day in my Daily reading routine. I scan the links, often click through to articles, and occasionally comment.

I’ve decided to try a similar approach for the Startup Revolution community that I’m calling the Startup Revolution Hub. Rather than reblog a bunch of stuff that I get from the world about Startup Communities, I’m going to open up the ability to put this up on the Hub to anyone who wants to contribute, starting now. I’ve built the Hub on top of SocialEngine, which is rapidly evolving as an amazing tool for building and managing communities.

As we roll out other books in the Startup Revolution series, including Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur, we’ll use the Startup Revolution Hub for these as well.

If you are interested in being part of the Startup Revolution, go to the Startup Revolution Hub right now, sign up, and contribute! And, feature requests about the Hub are welcome.

Boulder New Tech Meetup Helping Local Non-Profits

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There are many things I love about Boulder.  One of them is the powerful sense of community that exists.  Talking about this is fine, but examples are better.  Here’s one:

On the first Tuesday of every month is the Boulder New Tech Meetup.  It’s one of the largest regular tech meetups in the world and is orchestrated by a bunch of folks, most notably Robert Reich of OneRiot who is the founder and ringleader.  Given my travel, I can’t make it regularly but I try to go a couple of times a year.  Each time is fascinating – I’ve always learned something, met some interesting folks, and had fun.

Last week Robert and the NewTech gang decided to do something different.  They lined up multiple non-profit organizations who presented New Tech style, but with a twist. Once all of the groups were finished on the podium (they each got two minutes instead of the typical five minutes to present) they split up into rooms all over the CU Wolf Law Building (where the New Tech Meetup is held) and started hacking. The tech community helped the non-profits on tech issues ranging  from web design to social media help, database support to graphic design, and everything in-between.

Robert sent me a list of the non-profits that presented.  They follow and include several that Amy and I support philanthropically:

  • Colorado Nonprofit Development Center presented by Kamela Maktabi
  • Food Bank of the Rockies presented by Janie Gianotsos
  • Cool Girls Science and Art Club presented by Mary Golden
  • Boulder International Fringe Festival presented by Alana Eve Burman
  • I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County presented by Lisa McAlister
  • The WILD Foundation presented by Emily Loose
  • Denver Curling Club presented by Alyssa Rossnagel
  • Boulder Community Computers presented by Eric Jackson
  • Ashoka’s Youth Venture presented by Matt Nathan
  • The “I Love U Guys” Foundation presented by John-Michael Keyes
  • Blue Sky Bridge Child Advocacy Center presented by Judy Toran Cousin
  • Leave No Trace presented by Dana Watts

Here are the stats of what happened:

  • 300 people showed up to listen to the non-profits present
  • 200 people stuck around for dinner
  • 130 people stayed around and directly helped the different non-profits hack

It’s pretty amazing what can happen when you put a bunch of smart techies in a room.  Boulder – I love you and miss you.  And, if you are in a NewTech Meetup in another city, I challenge you to help out some non-profits!

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