This morning I was greeted by an interesting post by one of my favorite entrepreneur bloggers, Brad Feld, about building entrepreneurial communities. I’ve been reading Brad’s blog for a long time and I’ve enjoyed learning about what he’s done to build entrepreneurship in Boulder.
As I read his latest post, this quote jumped out at me:
I continue to study and think hard about the dynamics of entrepreneurial communities around the US and believe that there are at least 100 cities in the US that can have strong, significant, healthy, 20 year plus sustainable entrepreneurial communities.
Of course, I could help but imagine his comments with the lens of the Las Vegas Entrepreneurial community. I think it’s easy to see the reasons why Las Vegas could be a great entrepreneurial hub. Although, I must admit that I don’t really see it taking its proper place as a city of entrepreneurs. At least not in the web and technology space that I take part in.
Certainly there are good companies like Zappos.com in Las Vegas (although they came here years after their founding). There’s also the Vegas Valley Angels, but to be honest they haven’t really been all that active in investing over the past couple years.
Much like any community, I think there’s great interest in entrepreneurship in Las Vegas. In fact, I’ve only written about Las Vegas internet startups a few times on this site and I regularly get search engine referrals from people searching for entrepreneurship in Las Vegas. So, people are interested, but don’t have very many places to turn.
I’m currently buying a house in Las Vegas. My family and I are happy here and don’t really have any interest in moving somewhere else. So, I’m in it for the long haul. I’m really interested to see how entrepreneurship in Las Vegas will grow over time. Hopefully I can be part of that growth and support.