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.
Chris is one of the nation’s leading experts on launching startups and has been dubbed the “Startup Whisperer.” He cofounded MapQuest, is an angel investor, ran a corporate venture fund and 2 micro venture funds (directed over $75M), and is SVP Ecosystem Development with Techstars. Chris recently published his first book about starting anything called Build The Fort and is currently writing a book on Startup Community Building.
Brad Feld has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur for over 30 years. Prior to founding Foundry Group, he founded Mobius Venture Capital and Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of Techstars. He is a writer and speaker on venture capital investing and entrepreneurship and has written a number of books.
Ian Hathaway is an entrepreneur, writer, and analyst with expertise in startups, technology, and their impact. He has launched new ventures, helped young organizations get off the ground, and worked with established firms to expand into new markets.
Ian has published for prominent research institutions, universities, businesses, and periodicals, and is co-author of The Startup Community Way, a book on entrepreneurial ecosystems published in July 2020.