Mar 6 2017

Who Is This Guy And Why Is He Here?

Some of you may have noticed a new “author” posted today on what has primarily been Brad’s other blog. Well, let me introduce myself. I am you.

Entrepreneur? I was a co-founder of MapQuest a long time ago and have a few small wins and a few startup failures since.  I am you.

Investor? I ran a corporate venture fund in the late 90’s spending most of my time up and down 101 in the Bay area and had pretty good success. About 5 years ago, I co-founded two accelerator funds in Raleigh/Durham, NC which has yet to play out with 42 investments TBD. I am you.

Community Builder? I have spent the last 7 years playing a key role in the Triangle or RTP or Raleigh/Durham – whatever you want to call it. I refer to my new home as the nations best kept entrepreneurial secret. I am you.

Author/Blogger/Writer?  I wrote a book about startups called Build The Fort, I do the blog thing at heivly.com and I am a frequent contributing writer for INC.com. I am you.

A few weeks ago, I added a new role – EIR @ Techstars where I will be focusing on startup community development and working with Brad and his team on Startup Communities – the Sequel.  2017 promises to be an incredible journey for all of us that wake up thinking about how to accelerate our community development.

I commit to sharing my observations, my opinions and your thoughts as well. Want to connect and share stories? Find me at chris.heivly@techstars.com.