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Your Startup Community podcast is for any startup community enthusiast hoping to grow your local ecosystem. Whether you are an economic development leader, entrepreneur, angel investor, or a corporate executive, this show has something for every ecosystem actor.
Join Brad Feld and Ian Hathaway, co-authors of The Startup Community Way and Chris Heivly, former SVP of Ecosystem Development at Techstars as they dive into conversations with community builder guests on what each one of us can do to build a better startup community.
Got a question left unanswered? Got discussion ideas for the next podcast? Or know someone who should be a guest on the podcast? Email the hosts at chris@yourstartupcommunity.com.

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Your Startup Community podcast is for any startup community enthusiast hoping to grow your local ecosystem. Whether you are an economic development leader, entrepreneur, angel investor, or a corporate executive, this show has something for every ecosystem actor.
Join Brad Feld and Ian Hathaway, co-authors of The Startup Community Way and Chris Heivly, former SVP of Ecosystem Development at Techstars as they dive into conversations with community builder guests on what each one of us can do to build a better startup community.
Got a question left unanswered? Got discussion ideas for the next podcast? Or know someone who should be a guest on the podcast? Email the hosts at chris@yourstartupcommunity.com.

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    How Do I Measure The Right Things? Part 2

    How Do I Measure The Right Things? Part 2

    In the previous episode we tackled more of the concepts behind effective startup community measurement. 
    In this episode we discuss some groundbreaking work done by our guest and the insights gained by their measurement techniques that you too can adopt in your community’s journey.
    Join Brad, Ian and Chris as we have a very interesting discussion with Rhett Morris of Common Good Labs and formerly of Endeavor Insights as we first talk about measurement concepts.

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    How Do I Measure The Right Things? Part 1

    How Do I Measure The Right Things? Part 1

    It is one of the most often asked questions for Chris, Brad and Ian. How do I measure progress?
    Our funders demand metrics so that they can determine whether their dollars are being allocated and are meeting their stated goals.
    But are startup communities like businesses with clear goals and related metrics?
    Join Brad, Ian and Chris as we have a very interesting discussion with Rhett Morris of Common Good Labs and formerly of Endeavor Insights as we first talk about measurement concepts.


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    • 25 min
    Conversation with Chris, Brad and Ian

    Conversation with Chris, Brad and Ian

    It's been 1 full year since the release of their book, The Startup Community Way.
    We’ve been through and continue to struggle with the pandemic and how it is shifting the entrepreneur landscape.
    Chris has left Techstars and his Ecosystem Development role and is consulting, Ian is focusing more on research and angel investing and Brad has released 2 more books and writing a few new ones.
    Join Brad, Ian and Chris as we have a wide ranging discussions of the state of startup communities, what we have learned so far in the first 5 podcast episodes and more importantly, each one of our favorite episodes coming next.

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    • 24 min
    The Role of Government in a Startup Community

    The Role of Government in a Startup Community

    More and more today, startup communities are rising to the top of city, state, regional and federal governments’ priority list as they realize that entrepreneurial economic development is a necessary component of their future economy.
    With that good news comes the challenge of developing an engagement strategy with entrepreneurs, investors, existing entrepreneurial support organizations, local corporations and colleges.
    One thing we know for sure, do not treat the startup community like you would when building a highway, or a new building; activities that the government is good at but do not work for a more complex system like an entrepreneurial ecosystem.
    Join Brad, Ian and Chris along with Bala Kamallakharan of Iceland and Gonzalo Villaran of Lima, Peru as we discuss the role of government in a startup community.

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    • 37 min
    The Illusion of Control

    The Illusion of Control

    Those of us who have been in business or government a long time develop fantastic muscles around strong management of which exhibiting a control over execution and outcomes is the standard fare.
    But startup communities are different and the very thing that you desire as a leader (a detailed plan, a flawless execution strategy and a clear set of goals) are the things that will hamper entrepreneurial growth.
    We call this the illusion of control and today we talk about the concept, why it is counter-productive, and share a different approach more conducive to entrepreneurs.
    Join Brad, Ian and I along with Ben Milne of Des Moines, Iowa and Bob Sopko of Cleveland, Ohio as we wrestle with this critical but touchy subject.


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    • 33 min
    Why Are Networks A Better Community Structure Over a Hierarchy?

    Why Are Networks A Better Community Structure Over a Hierarchy?

    I know all of you know the concept of networking, but this version is different and like many concepts is best discussed when we have something to compare the concept to.  And that is hierarchy.
    For this podcast, we are talking about community structures ~ how the community is connected, how members interact and most importantly the rules of engagement the community abides by.
    Older, more traditional communities many times operate in a more hierarchical manner where permissions are needed and where older and/or powerful people serve as gatekeepers.
    So, what is a network structure and what is a hierarchical structure and how do they influence a startup community is today’s discussion.
    Join Brad, Ian and myself as we take a deep dive into Active Leadership with our guests, Connor Murphy from Dublin, Ireland and Rebecca Lovell from Seattle, Washington.


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