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What Is The One Catalyst for a Startup Community: Great Founders, Great Companies or a Great Community?

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Great football players make great coaches or great coaches make great football players. I call these circular arguments but they are actually causality dilemma’s and they drive people crazy.  In startup communities I believe the same argument or dilemma exists but with another anchor to the circle.  Great companies. My circular argument goes like this: Great leaders build great companies which build great Communities which build great leaders which build great companies. For some of you this makes a lot of sense.  You are probably the more vision & abstract type of thinker.  For those of you who skew to a more precise and factual point-of-view, your head probably just blew up.  “You want answers!  I want the truth!  You can’t handle the truth.” (Insert Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men or Rudy Giuliani, “truth is not truth”). Well I have a little surprise for you.  While laying out this framework I have tricked you by getting you to eliminate the things that are not necessarily catalysts for a great startup community (space, capital, government programs or even Startup Weekends – all of which can help tremendously). The

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