Show host, David Ponraj, recently sat down with Ian Hathaway, co-author of The Startup Community Way, and VP of Capital at Techstars, as part of a virtual webinar series hosted by Startup Space. Hathaway is an investor, author, strategic advisor, and data scientist with expertise in technology startups, entrepreneurship, and venture capital. His views on what it takes to make a successful, enduring entrepreneurial ecosystem are regularly cited in The New York Times, The Economist, and Financial Times, and he is a frequent contributor on the subject to Harvard Business Review andThe Wall Street Journal. In this conversation about the practice of entrepreneurship-led economic development, Ian outlines seven types of capital that are important to build within an ecosystem for it to be attractive and prosperous. He explains the “measurement trap” entrepreneurship developers need to avoid and the two discuss how to focus on outcomes, in addition to statistics, through storytelling. Finally, Hathaway shares his advice on how ecosystem builders can avoid burnout.

About Breaking Down Barriers
This podcast explores the opportunity to build wealth in local, regional, and national economies through entrepreneurship-led economic development. Episodes feature changemakers with innovative approaches to empowering people to start businesses that create wealth for their families and improve outcomes for their communities. Conversations highlight work being done in communities across the U.S. to break down barriers to entrepreneurial opportunity in underserved and underrepresented communities. In this series, we share authentic stories about the impact that entrepreneurship-led economic development has on the local economy and connect a global network of passionate economic developers.

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Breaking Down Barriers is a presentation of Economic Impact Catalyst and is hosted by David Ponraj with production and editing by Jacqui Dietrich and Lauren Bernard with voice talent by Antoine Long. Please rate, review, and subscribe to Breaking Down Barriers, available for free wherever you listen to your podcasts!

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