Startup Communities

Guide to building entrepreneurial communities by Brad Feld

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Emily Hodgins
Emily HodginsPro@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
Hey Ben thanks for hunting this - I haven't read it yet myself but it looks really interesting so will definitely be adding it to my reading list. I hope the Welsh Meetup goes well next week! As a half Welsh Londoner myself, I'm really excited to see the tech scene starting to take shape in Wales. 🙌
Ben Tossell
Ben TossellHunter@bentossell · Services for startups
@ems_hodge Yeah I'd definitely recommend it! I read it as an e-book and went out at lunch time to buy the physical book haha. Awesome! I'll update you :) - followed you on Twitter anyway. I'll be in London this weekend though, still need my fix every now and then
Eliot Peper
Eliot Peper@eliotpeper · author
Preparing to negotiate financing for your startup? Trying to figure out who funds new business ideas? Worried you’re about to get screwed on a deal? Interested in the secretive and sometimes confusing world of venture capital? Whether you’re a startup veteran or an anspiring entrepreneur you can’t do better than Brad Feld’s and Jason Mendelson’s Venture Deals if you’re trying to unravel the mysteries of the term sheet. Brad and Jason are both Managing Directors at the Foundry Group, a leading venture fund in Boulder, CO. Brad’s a true thought-leader in the VC community. I highly recommend his blog where he provides tons of insights and advise into the sausage factory of tech startups and VC. Venture Deals is the most straightforward and concise overview of all the details you need to know to close a favorable venture financing for your company. I used it as a guide and a reference in a successful tech financing this Spring and it proved absolutely invaluable. You no longer have an excuse if you get juked out by stacked liquidation preferences, warrant add-ons or a rotten employee options package. Most importantly, it also walks you through the incentive structure of the VC funding game. These fundamentals give you insight into the behavior of the major players and will help you pull together a financing that really is mutually beneficial. In short, Venture Deals actually does make you ‘smarter than your lawyer and venture capitalist.’ As a preview, I recommend checking out the term sheet series on Brad’s blog. It’s a great resource for entrepreneurs and will go a long way towards getting you oriented in the world of VC.
Erik Torenberg
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
@eliotpeper awesome review. we're gonna get brad in for an AMA when we launch!
Brad Feld
Brad FeldMaker@bfeld · Managing Director, Foundry Group
@eriktorenberg @eliotpeper Happy to do an AMA with y'all / your community any time.
Nathan Guo
Nathan Guo@nathan_yg · VC Intern at Lux Capital
@bfeld @eliotpeper fwiw, I referenced Venture Deals and the Term Sheet Series Wrapup in an MBA class on venture investing. amazing resources
Ben Tossell
Ben TossellHunter@bentossell · Services for startups
Great book by Brad Feld ( @bfeld ) that I only read recently but I think is still really relevant. He talks about the emerging startup scene in Boulder and how he helped to shape the community around it. Great actionable steps to point people in the right direction. Resonates with me because I have moved from London to Cardiff (UK) where the startup scene is not as developed...Have taken a few steps to try and build it up a bit further. First Product Hunt Meetup in Wales is next week :)! So that is a good start. Recommended reading for startup folks and also community managers as these 'lessons' can be applied digitally too!