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Lessons from Jane Jacobs

Start-ups usually rent space in larger buildings. This way they are hidden and are not know. Perhaps a Google Map just for Manhattan or San Jose, sponsored by an overarching organization would bring some visibility to these innovative teams.

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Manhattan, San Jose, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Cupertino, Start-Up Foundation will be part of a larger urban project to connect start-ups not just to their respected industries but to the community.

"Manhattan Start-Up Foundation" will register each new start-up and grant it different levels of membership and provide the group with tailored news and resources and thus enhance its connection and identity amongst the community. 

* A map where all the start-ups, categorized, and sub-categorized into industries.
* A badge, identifying it as a member and a logo identifying it's industry.
* A tailored online community newsletter, entailing networking events.

Can you think of a city that this already goes on in a de-facto manner?

What cities in America would be ideal for this model?

How will your concept support web entrepreneurship?

The hope for this project is to know your neighbors, and utilize the notion of "public sphere" for micro-economic enhancement.

What kinds of resources will be needed to get this concept off the ground and scale it?

A quarterly membership fee of $25 for Badge, Logo and a General News Letter. An additional $18/quarter for a tailored newsletter with access to networking events. The organization can ignite through local colleges. For example, NYU, Columbia, The New School, SUNY and CUNY each have students interested in public affairs, communication, urban planning, business and entrepreneurship and marketing. A club, promoted by the city can be in charge of handling and organizing the operations. City funding will be sought out and partnerships will be proposed and in the process connecting, the merchant class to the city through the institution of eduction.

How could we get started?

A Star-up conference at a Javis Center in New York would be a great start. Personnel from government, VC, and educational institutions will hold a cohesive 1 day event where idea for the membership in this new city program will be proposed. Within the next month, clubs will be established in nearby educational institutions. Students will then divide and conquer in contacting each business personally to evaluate their needs and wishes. Once the survey completed, a beta program will be designed to be tried for a group of businesses.

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Photo of Amy Bonsall

Thanks for this, Nima. Agree that start-ups are often too hidden. Check out this map of London's Silicon Roundabout for inspiration: http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2010/02/start/silicon-roundabout

It would be great to think about what European cities would benefit from this; for instance Berlin or Paris. Perhaps some community members could chip in with thoughts.

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The Bazaar. It is local, it is visible and thus has a voice and respondents within the city space.

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