These are things we've learned in IDEA Network ecuador that we think could be useful in other startup communities:
1. Ecuador's Startup Ecosystem is now tangible. If did it from scratch in 2010, so can you. Thanks to @ConectaGye @funemprender @UPGlobalHQ
2. Entrepreneurs who achieved scale are the best investors.
3. Universities fed and motivated talent to create value. This is particularly true for @espol, @udla, @ucasagrande.
4. Circles of overachievers built better results. Of course, they think about solving/building and get impatient with excess blabber.
5. Creative spaces transfer proactivity to newcomers. As a professor, I saw brain formatted undergrads+grads in @StartupWeekend and @Lean.
6. Takers get leapfrogged and weeded out organically. We've still got some stinkers in Ecuador, but they expire quickly.
7. Long term focused policymakers with integrity do exist. This one's hard to believe since they're scarce. Not all politicians are equal.
8. Real entrepreneurs fight and find their own opportunities. Bad policies, corruption, betrayals, they all pale to true contrarianism.
9. Initiatives that tried to force lead entrepreneurs fail. One cannot simply tell entrepreneurs where the opportunities are.
10. Real value creators can read through fakers' smoke. This is by far the most gratifying one. If you add zero value, people feel it.
Hope the @ideaecuador learnings are useful for policymakers, leaders, or academics out there. #MayTheForceBeWithYou
Here's some posts I've written elsewhere in both English and Spanish.
You can find my musings on Startup Nations, Matador Network, Medium, and Cowbird.
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