I sometimes think of myself as a VERY lucky guy. Other times I think, “I have worked my ass off to get here”.
Where is here?
It is the ability to have conversations that change my opinions. thought processes, perspectives – and my social graph.
Because @Scobleizer and @rocmanusa work for me (in reality, I think I work for them – but an org chart is an org chart!) – I have been able to meet some amazing people, and get invited to some amazing events. Backstage at a live Diggnation event? Done that. Talking live to tens of thousands of people – been there. Dinner with the Techstars team? Done that as well now.
This is precisely why Rackspace hired Robert and Rocky. I may have suggested it – and enabled it – but it is the company that saw the value and pursued it. It’s why I work for Rackspace in the first place. They are a great “what if” company – and not many companies get to this size and still have that imagination (my experience anyway).
So what is this post about?
It is about Techstars – an amazing “experience” that takes place in Boulder, Colorado. It is not an “event” – it is much more than that. It’s an amazing group of people that come together to help others become amazing.
It is a blend of my favorite word – helpful, and my favorite past-time – helping people learn.
It is a collaboration I fell in love with three years ago – when I didn’t know anyone involved in the project personally. Now I do.
I had the most amazing time in Boulder. From Techstars, to the weather. From the people I met to the community they are building – there is magic in this city. It is now one of my most favored cities on this planet (and I have been to many of the countries/cities on this planet!)
So – what makes Boulder/Techstars interesting? People, of course. And the people I met were amazing. And more than that – they were all helpful. Ask a question, “Who should I talk to in Boulder” and you are likely to get someone extolling the virtues of a competitor. They are all friends after all. It is a VERY close-knit community.
They don’t seem to compete as much as they seem to collaborate – and through that, they all win.
David Cohen was an amazing host. We exchanged a few emails and then just showed up. And he made sure we had access to what was important – yet he never sold us anything. Never tried to sell us anything. Never ASKED for anything. #respect
I arrived in Boulder with no clue what to expect, and left with VERY high expectations for Boulder as a tech-centric hub in the years to come. They have everything going for them – a vibrant community, a thriving tech scene, local entrepreneurs who want to help others, a wonderful climate, they are a college town and have scenery to die for. And that is just scratching the surface on the positives.
They are also just really nice – and helpful.
Boulder – you have my attention!
I’ll be back.