San Diego Tech Week Reflects Gains as Web Startups Amass Downtown

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visibility of their startup community even more, Gordon and other local tech entrepreneurs have organized a “Demo Night,” “Startup Grind,” “Tech Crawl,” and other events next week as a way of leading up to the 2013 San Diego Venture Summit on July 12. She says if there is one lesson that San Diego’s fledgling community of Web startups has taken to heart since the Foundry Group’s Brad Feld visited in April, it’s that entrepreneurs have to step up to serve as the leaders of their own startup communities.

Brad Feld

As a co-founder and managing director at the Foundry Group, the Boulder, CO-based venture firm, Feld has invested in hundreds of tech startups, including such noteworthy deals as MakerBot, Fitbit, Zynga, and Cheezburger. For Gordon and others, Feld’s appearance in San Diego over two months ago (arranged by Xconomy and the Cooley law firm) became a tipping point in terms of rallying local entrepreneurs to action.

In his book “Startup Communities,” Feld writes:

In virtually every major city, there are long lists of different types of people and organizations who are involved in the startup community, including government, universities, investors, mentors, and service providers. Historically, many of these organizations try to play a leadership role in the development of their local startup community. Although their involvement is important, they can’t be the leaders. The entrepreneurs have to be the leaders.

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Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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  • Melani

    Thanks for the writeup Bruce. A HUGE thanks to the 11 people from the SD startup community who helped to put together an awesome week of events.