Video: VC Seth Levine & entrepreneur Clay Collins on Startup Communities

by The TECHdotMN Team


On February 5, Boulder-based venture capitalist Seth Levine was in Minneapolis concerning a recent investment made into local startup LeadPages.

We arranged for an evening to hear from Seth about his experiences building startup communities and his perspective on the evolving nature of entrepreneurship. Following the guide authored by Foundry Group partner Brad Feld, hear Seth layout their “Boulder Thesis” —  the four key components of a framework:

1. Entrepreneurial communities are led by entrepreneurs.
2. The leaders must have a long-term commitment.
3. The startup community must be inclusive of anyone who wants to participate in it.
4. The startup community must have continual activities that engage the entire entrepreneurial stack

We also invited LeadPages Founder and CEO Clay Collins to join for perspective. The format follows a unique 1:1 Q&A between investor & investee:

Both Levine and Collins also fielded questions from the audience on a variety of tech topics:


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  • Steve Wellvang

    Great event–thanks Jeff! I particularly liked the quality Q&A. Two takeaways stood out for me about how to improve our local start-up ecosystem: (1) the need for a regular forum for aspiring and serial entrepreneurs to meetup and (2) a bunch of experienced mentors willing to “give back” before they “take”.