Being a bootstrap entrepreneur in Boulder can be tough but one of my favorite activities is sharing what I have learned. I often meet new entrepreneurs who are trying to find their way around our community. I usually follow up with an email listing out some (hopefully) useful links. This blog post contains pretty much what I have sent via email so I look forward to pointing to it the next time I need it.
Got more to add? Let us know. Perhaps we will create a page called “Quick Guide to Getting Connected” or something and keep it updated (with help from the community).
- Startup mixer event which started in 2011.
- Great social format for local startups to present what they are working on. Don’t miss it!
- Monthly feedback forum for startups (400+ attendees in Boulder and 100+ in Denver).
- From their Meetup page: “The local community gets together to network, socialize and show-and-tell new technology. Join us.”
- The place to go to find out about local tech startup activities.
- From their website: “organization devoted to informing and serving the vibrant startup community in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. We do that on this website; on Twitter, and with outreach and events all year long.”
- Casual biweekly forum to discus local and national tech business activities. Held on Tuesdays starting at 8am at Atlas Purveyors, 1505 Pearl.
- Get there early if you want a seat since it is usually SRO.
- Search the #bocc hashtag on Twitter for updates, they don’t have a Twitter account.
- Want to find out if it is tomorrow? Check out this handy website. Thanks Eoin Coffey!
- Weekly email update on local tech startup activities.
- Subscribe to StartupDigest and select the Boulder edition (lots of other interesting cities too).
- Smaller feedback forum for startups (~20 attendees).
- From their website: “House of Genius assembles diverse minds to disrupt normal thinking patterns and ignite new ideas. … 15 professionals … engage in an open, intense dialogue and debate to spawn truly innovative views and solutions.”
- Event which happens about every 6-8 weeks in which presenters get 5 minutes to “teach something, enlighten us, or simply inspire”. It is a good time and you usually walk away with a new appreciation for something.
- Biweekly networking forum for female entrepreneurs.
- Meets every other Tuesday (opposite of Boulder Open Coffee).
- There is an early conversation session at 8am that usually meets at Ozo Coffee on west Pearl and a more formal session (speakers, topics for discussion) at noon at Boulder Digital Arts.
- Join the Meetup site for details.
Finally, if you are not on Twitter, fix that fast. Many folks in the Boulder tech community use it as their primary means of communication. You can find out things like what Jason Mendelson (@jasonmendelson) is thinking, usability best practices from Lyn Bain (@lynbain), frank social media advice from Erika Napoletano (@RedheadWriting), podcast and BOCC updates from Michael Sitarzewski (@msitarzewski), food blogger noms from Grace Boyle (@gracefullplate) and so much more. Get on it!
[Note: Fiona intends this to be the starting point for others to add their two cents - use the comments to add your thoughts on how newcomers can get connected in our community! - Bing]