105. Underserved Startup Ecosystems, Part 1 (Stuart Larkins & Ezra Galston)

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Stuart Larkins & Ezra Galston of Chicago Ventures join Nick to cover Underserved Startup Ecosystems, Part 1. We will address questions including:

  • What do you think are the key ingredients for a startup ecosystem?
  • In what ways do you feel that some ecosystems are underserved?
  • Can you talk about some specific ecosystems that you’ve identified as underserved and talk about your efforts there?
  • Do you agree with Fred Wilson’s assertion that in secondary markets there’s a cat and mouse game of no local investors wanting to invest until a coastal institution steps up? How do you mitigate that concern?
  • ezraWhat do you feel are the main differences in working in these ecosystems vs those that are much more established, like the Valley or NYC?
  • How do you get involved and build awareness in an ecosystem outside of where you are based?
  • Do you think geo-focused funds can generate outsized returns, if so, why?
  • Is the investment thesis different for an underserved ecosystem than it would be for a more established ecosystem? And, if so, how?
  • Do you think that every ecosystem needs to have a distinct identity w/ distinct strengths? If so, why, and what are some of those ecosystem identities in the places that you work?

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