Voltando ao tema da criação de centros de empreendedorismo, a revista Fast Company está a realizar uma série de artigos sobre cidades dos Estados Unidos com comunidades startups emergentes.
Fugindo ao recorrente Silicon Valley, Laura Rich procura saber as vantagens de começar uma startup em cidades como Austin ou Boston. Cada artigo contém uma entrevista a um empreendedor ou investidor local reconhecido, como é o caso de Fred Wilson, pertencente à Union Square Ventures, sediada em Nova Iorque.
Ao ler os artigos, em todas as cidades destacam-se:
- A presença de empreendedores com a experiência acumulada de fundarem várias empresas, que interagem com a comunidade local e se tornam investidores
There were a lot of entrepreneurial success stories here in New York from 1996 to 2006 which I would call the first real decade.
And then, we’re into the second decade now, and what the second decade is really turning out to be is serial entrepreneurs who’ve done it one, two, three, sometimes four times now, who can bring teams together very quickly, often teams that have worked together very quickly, can get on opportunities fast, can get money raised fast, can build companies pretty fast.
And now you have role models. So the first time entrepreneurs can find angel investors. It’s exactly what has been going on in Silicon Valley for three, four decades now.
- A aposta nas particularidades da região, no seu estilo de vida, mercados predominantes…
There used to be a rap on Boulder that people didn’t work very hard. Five o’clock and you’re out on your mountain bike. The problem with that is, and it’s true in other cities that are really high quality of life cities. Yeah, you’re on your mountain bike from five to seven then you’re back at your desk and you’re back in front of your computer at eight and then you work until one in the morning. And you see it within the entrepreneurial strata.
I think the core personality in Boulder is an entrepreneurial personality. It’s an independent, hippyish, smart, counterculture place. And those are more entrepreneurial than less entrepreneurial attributes.