Getting Connected in Boulder


Quite a few people are in the process of moving to Boulder (who would blame them).  The next question is ‘how do I get connected in the Boulder community.’  Here are the steps I would take to be one of the gang in Boulder:

1) Go to the New Tech Meetup.  By far the biggest gathering of tech people in Boulder, almost 300 showing up monthly.  The Creative Commons is also really good.  Ignite Boulder is also a big event.

2) Get on twitter, so a search for Boulder and say hi to a few people.

3) Pay attention to events, Boulder doesn’t have a ton of company sponsored events, but has tons of 3-10 person get togethers.

4) Send people emails.  Brad Feld and I love connecting people in Boulder.  brad [at] feld.com and andrew [at] techstars.org.

5) Read the local blogs, comment.  Jared Kolman of Pro Photo Rental found me through a google search for “Boulder Creative.”  If I were to move to town today, I would reach out to these blogs:

http://feld.com
http://learntoduck.com
http://iquitforlijit.typepad.com/
http://www.jasonmendelson.com/blog/
http://robjohnson.tumblr.com/
http://www.jeremytanner.com

6) Do cool things, people will notice.

7) Make non tech friends, go for road rides, hikes, what ever groups you can find.  Everyone knows someone.

7) Welcome to Boulder.

About the Author:
Andrew leads the TEDxBoulder, Boulder Startup Week and Ignite Boulder efforts and has worked in startups for ten years. He blogs about startups, bootstrapping, events and triathlon at andrewhy.de and you can follow him on twitter here.

2 Comments:

  1. Mike December 04, 2008

    FYI: The link for Rob Johnson’s blog points to Jeremy’s blog.

  2. Andrew Hyde December 12, 2008

    @Mike thanks, fixed.

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