I have a deeply held belief that you can create a long term Startup Community anywhere in the world. To do this, you must have leaders who have a long term view and commitment to the Startup Community. These leaders must be entrepreneurs and must commit to a 20 year view.
It makes me smile when I get emails from folks like Neil Cocker, the founder of Dizzyjam in Cardiff, Wales.
“I’ve been jealously eyeing up Boulder recently as a great model for what a small city can do to create a vibrant startup scene (I’ve been picking the brains of my old University friend Tobias Peggs of OneRiot about it), as Cardiff is three times the size of Boulder, but with almost zero startup activity to speak of.”
Tobias is a good friend of mine and and awesome guy so any friend of Tobias’ is automatically a friend of mine. Neil went on to write a great post titled Cardiff’s Startup Culture – What can we do about it?. If you read Neil’s blog, you can see the energy, passionate, commitment, and desire to create a real startup community. He’s asking all the right questions – now he’s just got to rally a half dozen entrepreneurs to go on a 20 year journey with him.
Neil – call on me any time if I can be helpful.