Good discussion/interview at Atlantic between two Kauffman friends, Brad Feld and RIch Florida, on cities and entrepreneurship. An excerpt:
What are the leading myths about building more effective startup communities?
There are there common ones: 'We need to be more like Silicon Valley,' 'We don't have enough capital,' and 'Angel investors must be organized.'
For decades, cities have been proclaiming themselves the next Silicon Valley. That’s nonsense — cities — and the entrepreneurial leaders — should focus on creating the best startup community for their city, based on the unique attributes of their city. Learn from the amazing things in Silicon Valley, but instead of trying to be like Silicon Valley, be the best Boulder, or best Chicago, or best New York, or best Portland. You already have an identity as a city — you don’t need to be Silicon Alley or Silicon Slopes.
Next, there never is a balance between supply and demand of capital. Entrepreneurs shouldn't worry about this — instead they should focus on creating amazing companies. Capital will always find amazing companies. While there are many things that can be done over time to attract more capital to a region, the biggest thing is for entrepreneurs to actually go create some significant companies.
Finally, related to this is the notion that angel investors should be organized into formal angel investor groups. While this can be helpful, it’s often extremely harmful and stifling, as many angel investor groups try to look like small venture capital firms rather than acting like helpful angel investors.