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Brad Feld believes you can create a startup community anywhere (Video)

Des Moines October 31, 2012 by Michael Stacy

A revolution is brewing, and no city in the world is safe.

So said Brad Feld, a managing director of Foundry Group, in his talk Oct. 11 at Thinc Iowa 2012. Feld, who has played a major role in building the startup community in his adopted hometown of Boulder, Colo., believes that, with the right ingredients, any city in the world can become a thriving startup community.

"I believe that there's a startup revolution going on in our society right now," Feld said, "and I think everyone in this room is part of it. And you're not just part of it, but you're the early driver of something that I think fundamentally is transforming the way our entire society works and thinks about work, innovates and thinks about innovation and thinks about what matters over a long arc."

Feld examined that transformation and the conditions needed to bring it about — or what he calls the "Boulder Thesis" — over the course of a 45-minute talk earlier this month in Des Moines.   

For that talk in its entirety, watch the video above. For more from Feld at Thinc Iowa, see our post: "Brad Feld: 'It's a 20-year journey' "

About Brad Feld 

Feld is an early stage investor, entrepreneur and current managing director at Foundry Group. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures, a company that helped launch and operate software companies. Brad is also a co-founder of TechStars. Brad currently serves on the board of directors of BigDoor, Cheezburger, Fitbit, FullContact, Gnip, MakerBot, MobileDay, Modular Robotics, Oblong, Orbotix, SEOMoz, Standing Cloud, and Yesware for Foundry Group.

About Thinc Iowa

Thinc Iowa is now Big Des Moines, part of The Big Series, a trio of events produced by Silicon Prairie News. The Big Series in 2013 will include the inaugural Big Kansas City in March, Big Omaha in May and Big Des Moines in October. Stay tuned for announcements regarding all three.

 

Credits: Video by Event1 Video.


Thinc Iowa 2012 Video Series presented by Iowa Economic Development

Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) is dedicated to supporting innovation by connecting entrepreneurs with resources and development opportunities in Iowa. It salutes the founders of today and tomorrow; encouraging ideas that will invigorate a new economy. Please visit iowaeconomicdevelopment.com for more information on how IEDA can help your business ideas come to life.

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