Startup Iowa Town Hall...Starting. Now.
Taking the stage: Dan Reed, Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Iowa.
Reed: “People outside their domain of expertise are more easily able to see the possibilities…when you’re in the belly of the beast, you see all the limitations and the constraints.”
“Make new and original mistakes. Life’s too short to do anything else," Reed says. "The mark of any successful entrepreneur is how many times they've tried and failed...and you want to fail gloriously if you're going to fail."
"It has never been easier to take an idea in your head and make it happen," says Andy Stoll, one of our local community champions.
Scott Case taking the stage, with an Iowan pre-standing ovation.
“It’s hard, and it’s good that it’s hard. It forces you to be innovative and challenge yourself,” said Scott Case on entrepreneurship.
“It’s really about the richness of the network,” Scott Case says. Networks, connections are deciding factor between successful startup hubs (anywhere) and those that stagnate.
Speaking of connections - Scott Heiferman, of meetup.com, on stage now. Millions of offline connections happen per day because of this site.
“Today, you could stay in Iowa and do almost anything. It’s so much more possible to create companies, and do almost anything from anywhere now," says Scott Heiferman, of meetup.com.
"The word, 'community,' is one of the most overused, misunderstood, misused words anywhere...When people talk to each other, and tell their story of 'me' to each other, what emerges is a story of 'we.'" - Heiferman on the meaning of community.
Now - both Scotts take the stage for Q&A - "You can address me as supreme allied commander," Case says.
Heiferman's father ran a paint store when he was growing up. “I’m running my version of a paint store. You’re just hacking away and trying to make a good product."
A question from the audience was about innovation in rural communities. “I don’t think we’re there yet…but there are communities that have found each other in places all over the country. The question is, how can we get them better connected,” Case says.
Question from the audience: "How do we make this fun?"
Multiple other people: "BEER."
Heiferman responds - don't make it about a male culture, or a drinking culture,
"Of course, beer can be important, I'm not preaching against that. But the energy, and the spirit, and the purpose comes from the excitement of what's being built."
"Really ask yourselves, for the community you're building, is it inclusive of the diversity that will make it that much more awesome?" - Heiferman.
Case - two things Iowa could improve on: keeping young people here, celebrating/recognizing successes.
One more standing ovation and a summary by Andy Stoll to end the Town Hall. What are your takeaways? #UPAmericaSummit13 #CWK13 #wecreatehere