A story about how a group of passionate developers and start-ups is creating a movement that spurs innovation.
When starting up, it is super important to be in touch with other starters and with people share the passion for your field of work. Being part of such a community helps to develop your ideas, connect to people that help you out, and provides an audience that could test or use your product.
When app-developer and entrepreneur Mike Lee from Silicon Valley settled there he noticed three things:
1) It was a good place to live.
2) There were a lot of developers, entrepreneurs and tech-companies around.
3) Few people noticed this.
That's when he launched the Appsterdam initiative. Shortly said, the attempt to create a thriving ecosystem for app-makers and start-ups.
By organizing events, lectures, guru sessions and meetups, and mostly by inspiring people to become part of Appsterdam, it has in a short time grown into a local movement.
The Appsterdam community is a great source of knowledge, connections and inspiration for start-ups and individuals. It is open, accessible, and driven by voluntary efforts.
Getting your locals together, identifying the community, and becoming active both online and offline might prove a great model for other places too, especially if the right ingredients (mainly a bunch of ambitious people) exists.