What Is A Resilient Startup Community?

There are short-term startup community goals and there are — and should be — long-term startup community goals and both of them require a resilient mindset. Many of us put our heads down under the “get stuff done now” mantra, and of course that has real value. But, as you begin to stitch together a series of events, an angel fund, and a destination space, there will be a natural plateau that occurs when it seems like progress has stalled. Just like scaling a company, startup communities have natural peaks and plateaus as well. How you manage through those plateaus determines the resiliency of your startup community. Building a level of resilience to muster through the plateaus, and the inevitable valleys as well, is the key to your long-term success. In the upcoming book The Startup Community Way by Brad Feld and Ian Hathaway, we talk about a startup community or entrepreneurial ecosystem as being a system. As you begin to understand the characteristics of a system, one thing becomes quite clear: good systems are resilient. Applying Lessons from Psychology to Community Resilience is mostly a trait attached to a person rather than a community, however, we can borrow from

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