This just in in from Dave Mitchell, a Hopscale supporter in San Carlos CA (that’s right smack in the middle between San Francisco and Silicon Valley)
If you want to create a vibrant start-up ecosystem somewhere else that is competitive with San Francisco and Silicon Valley and this is starting to happen right now in places such as Boulder and Austin, you want to do two things: You want to pack the people working together into as dense an area as possible, with public areas and co-working venues where they will see each other constantly, even when they aren’t working in the same company. And then you want to encourage them to let down their guard and be as open as possible about what they are doing.
Great article on JFDI accelerator in Singapore. While they have been successful at accelerating startups they admit that they have not cracked being sustainable.
We believe the secret to sustainability is maintaining very low overheads, and a light touch programme, while staying laser focused on helping the startups be successful. Time will tell if JFDI can be sustainable with their high overhead model.
Harvard Business Review supports Lean Startup Techniques
“Two years ago, Meng Wong and I started pushing a big heavy ball up a hill”, writes JFDI.Asia CEO Hugh Mason. “We set out to raise the funding and support we needed to set up JFDI.Asia, the first TechStars network program in South East Asia. Now, as 2012 begins, that ball is poised right at the top of the hill and it’s about to start rolling down …”
This is a link to essay notes from Peter Thiel’s class at Stanford, CS183: Startup. Lots of notes but worth browsing if you’re waiting for your code to compile!