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.
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.
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.
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.
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.