In previous posts I've talked about about what I'd like to see happen here. I strongly believe that RTP is a great area with a ton of potential The recent Startup Weekend in Chapel Hill confirmed my opinions about the depth and range of talent here. And that's not the only indicator...
I had lunch with an undergrad student today. He's already started one company and is anxious to do many more. He also wants to create a focal point for students interested in entrepreneurship. When I was his age, I think I was mostly focused on how my bar tab was getting paid. So (a) I feel old, (b) I'm wondering where I wasted so much time, and (c) I'm impressed.
Back to my point. What can you do? A lot!
It just takes a few disruptive folks to band together with a purpose and things can be changed for the better. Sure, we can all sit around and bitch about early stage funding, but that doesn't help. Building a community that attracts attention might. So I've said it before, but I'll say it again: if you want to connect, reach out.
While on that topic, does anyone want to start an Open Coffee Club?