SXSW 2020

Connecting Tech Communities Outside Silicon Valley


As we've studied startup communities outside of Silicon Valley over the last two years, we've found surprising similarities and differences in how they operate.

The fastest growing ecosystems have collaborative community builders within them who truly represent their stakeholders. In growing communities, these advocates are operating similarly to the Platform roles within Venture firms.

In this panel, we explore what those individuals performing "platform" roles within their communities are doing well. We explore how to foster it in your own community, as well as how to begin creating platform bridges ACROSS communities.

We've had the benefit of speaking to so many communities and seeing their notes. This panel will share those insights and activate a larger audience.

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  1. How can community builders foster their own ecosystems?
  2. How can community builders collaborate across ecosystems?
  3. How can community members support their community builders?



Jay Clouse, Founder, Unreal Collective

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Startups
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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