The Good life

In our quest to find the factors making start up ecosystems in Austin and Boulder thrive, I couldn’t help but notice how ‘quality of life’ kept on being mentioned by almost everyone we visited. Almost all the entrepreneurs who had moved to these areas said that the quality of life is what attracted them there.Which […]

Uptown Fun(k) in Boulder and Austin

Wow. Where to begin? This class has been such a blessing beyond words. If you have been a true follower throughout our blogging, you know that we have seen and experienced many different and wonderful areas of the startup world. Not to mention, the great cities that we have been able to explore! I have […]

How does Quality of Life Affect a Start-up Community?

A successful start-up community can be measured based on many factors. One of the factors of a thriving start-up community is the ability for that community to attract talented individuals to the area. Why do individuals locate in certain areas versus other areas? One explanation that I have gained from the course, Understanding Start-up Communities, […]

Art in the 1871 Facilities


Our first stop was 1871, where Diana Lopez-Obaldo gave us a tour of the facility and told us what they offer. To it’s members, 1871 offers co-working space and access to hundreds of classes, lectures, and seminars. There are different types of memberships and prices depending on what level each business is at. There is […]


Chicago: a mature start-up community

Yesterday (February 20, 2015), the class ventured to Chicago to take a look at what’s happening in the start-up scene there. In comparison to Detroit, the differences were clear even as we were just driving into the city. Already, the buildings looked a little more well kept, there was much more traffic, and more people […]