As the managing partner at Beta Boom, a high-touch seed fund that focuses on emerging tech hubs, I have had the great fortune to speak to scores of entrepreneurs, tech workers, investors, and civic leaders in over a dozen emerging startup ecosystems in the United States as well as in regions such as Indonesia, Uruguay, and Nigeria. Through these conversations and numerous visits, I noticed that some ecosystems that seem replete with resources fail to meet the needs of local startups while others with smaller communities and fewer programs have thriving, successful tech scenes.
The media loves celebrity founders such as Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos portraying them as one-man shows. However, most successful founders have at last one co-founder, and it’s quite rare for one individual to build a hugeÂ tech startup on their own. Moreover, there are some really important benefits in having one or … more