Community Building

Help! Your city needs more than one curator.

Help! Your city needs more than one curator.

We built collaboration tools into Startup Genome so that many people can work together to make their local data set as useful as possible. But multiple curators aren’t a good idea just because it’s less work for everyone.

Look How Far We’ve Come

Look How Far We've Come

In the past six months, the hard work of our existing curators, plus the addition of new ones, have helped the Startup Genome grow. Check out our infographic with all the stats.

Tak Lo: How business guys/MBAs guys can break into the startup ecosystem

Tak Lo: How business guys/MBAs guys can break into the startup ecosystem

Two years ago, Tak Lo was one of many MBA graduates wanting to break into the startup ecosystem. He tried consulting for startups, applying to work for startups and even offered to work for free for startups. After struggling to find any traction, he started my own company. Thankfully, there are other paths.

Greg Isenberg: Advice to Montreal (and other growing startup communities)

Greg Isenberg: Advice to Montreal (and other growing startup communities)

This is a guest post by Greg Isenberg, the founder and CEO of 5by, a startup acquired by StumbleUpon in September. Greg recently moved the company from Montreal to San Francisco to be close to StumbleUpon’s offices. The following is an excerpt from a post he wrote thanking the Montreal community that is applicable advice to growing startup communities everywhere.

Three benefits of bringing events like BarCamp, Ignite and Startup Drinks to your city

Three benefits of bringing events like BarCamp, Ignite and Startup Drinks to your city

A few weeks ago I wrote a post, “The value in bringing a movement to your city”, discussing one benefit of having your community participate in the type of programming that operates in many cities like 1 Million Cups, Startup Weekend and TEDx.

In addition to that benefit — creating a collective, national/global platform for a topic of importance — there’s a few other ideas I wanted to share as I thought more broadly about events like BarCamp, Ignite, Startup Drinks, Startup Grind, etc. that share an overall brand but are organized independently at the local level in cities around the world.

The value in bringing a movement to your city

The value in bringing a movement to your city

From time-to-time I hear local people push back on the idea of a new event or program launching in our community if it started elsewhere. The general concern is that by adding this to our local programming we’re giving in to a “me, too” complacency rather than taking on the tough task of designing something original and specific to our community. While I understand where that concern comes from I just never bought it. A few weeks ago, I realized the reason why.

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