Density: How to Create Silicon Valley in Your City
“The problem is not that most towns kill startups. It's that death is the default for startups, and most towns don't save them. Instead of thinking of most places as being sprayed with startupicide, it's more accurate to think of startups as all being poisoned, and a few places being sprayed with the antidote. Startups in other places are just doing what startups naturally
It seems like the mayor of every city in the world has proclaimed that their city will be the "next Silicon Valley." Leaders in these cities are meeting these challenges and striving to create vibrant startup ecosystems - with mixed results.
Find out what is actually working in Austin, DC, Chicago, and Moscow. The primary theme of the discussion will be the importance of density - particularly central hubs for convening and curating activity. Learn about what's common and different among the strategies and tactics pursued by 1871 in Chicago, Capital Factory in Austin, Digital October in Moscow, and 1776 in DC.
Additional Supporting Materials
- Can you create density for your ecosystem without building a hub?
- Should you curate your community or strive for inclusion?
- Can you build your community by luring startups and talent from other cities?
- Should hubs integrate accelerators and equity investments?
- Should startup hubs be for-profit or non-profit?
Evan Burfield 1776
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