Reboot Podcast Episode #135 – Rethinking Startup Community – with Brad Feld

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.


Brad Feld

Brad Feld

Author, Co-founder of Foundry Group & Techstars

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Episode Description

In this release, Jerry welcomes close personal friend Brad Feld back to the show. In his sixth Reboot Podcast appearance, Brad (author, and co-founder of Foundry Group and Techstars) introduces listeners to the concepts highlighted in his newest book, The Startup Community Way: Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. Jerry and Brad explore the impact COVID-19 has had on the state of work, and consider how virtual environments influence and enable connection across broader startup communities. They contemplate how the shift from place-based to remote communities has encouraged innovation, collaboration, and reflection with organizations and how this unique moment in time has provided companies the opportunity to create environments of belonging that enhance growth of the individual and the collective as a whole.

See Brad’s previous podcast appearances here | The Startup Community Way | The books of Eric Ries | The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of The Learning Organization |

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Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“I’ve come to believe that every city with at least a hundred thousand people needs a startup community to be vibrant and healthy longterm.” – Brad Feld

“When the pandemic ends we’ll be in that place where remote will be the default and the office will be the option.” – Jerry Colonna

“Is the way that offices and commercial offices have existed for the past period of time been effective?” – Brad Feld

“Are we at another transitional moment in civilization that causes a very, very broad rethink of a bunch of structural systems?” – Brad Feld

“The definition of startup community starts to be more virtual…what’s happened is that the notion of community starts to include people outside your own company in a more sustained way.” – Jerry Colonna

“There are lots of things that will come out of the experience we’re having as a species right now, but I’m very hopeful that many people will reevaluate their cultural norm and their assumptions about how things have to work, which is extraordinarily uncomfortable.” – Brad Feld

“What can we do as people working in entrepreneurial companies to change those conditions in a way that better serves the people in those companies?” – Brad Feld

“Are you willing to examine the underlying worldview and mental models in your community, are you willing to look at those underlying mental models and the ways those mental models have unconsciously supported you in order to effectuate the change that you say you want to make? – Jerry Colonna

“How have I been complicit in maintaining the systems of oppression that I say I don’t want and more importantly, what am I willing to give up that I love in order to have the world that I want to have come to pass?” – Jerry Colonna

“There will be things that happen where the playbook doesn’t work and that’s not how a complex system works.” – Brad Feld

“Maybe, in the end, belonging is a core component of the startup community.” – Jerry Colonna

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