ARK Mentor Kristian Andersen Talks “Anatomy of a Startup Ecosystem” at Made By Few

View the slide deck here at SlideShare.

At the Made by Few conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, driving force and a key mentor of The ARK Kristian Andersen identifies 10 different stacks that make up a startup ecosystem and relates them to Arkansas.

So, where do YOU fit in? We want to know what you think and how you will contribute to our building of a strong, active startup ecosystem in The Natural State (or are we again the Land of Opportunity?). Because you’re a part of this.

Characterize the work you’re doing, where you fit in, what you think we need to do, what we’re doing right, how we can improve–you name it. Open call.

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    Kristian does a fantastic job throwing a rope around the critical components needed to build a lasting startup ecosystem. He brings clarity and simplicity to the vision.

    A coalition of the willing must reside at the core of a successful startup ecosystem. That coalition of the willing has to be comprised of champions young and old, experienced and not, in the arena and on the sidelines, that truly believe the impossible is not.

    We have that coalition of the willing in Arkansas who are emboldened by the legacy of past entrepreneurial champions and who are driven by the possibilities of building something great.

    My call to action is simple. Let’s make the outline Kristian defines world-class in Arkansas. If you are in the trenches building a startup, keep at it – we are here for you. If you want to start something – get at it – now is the time. If you can help or can invest, we need you engaged today.

    I’ll be giving my take on the startup/venture ecosystem in Arkansas and what Innovate Arkansas is doing to help on April 23rd at the Urban Summit Series in Bentonville. Check it out at

    Thank you Kristian Andersen – keep paying it forward!


    Thrilled to have enjoyed Kristian’s presentation from the comfort of my desk. Thanks to all who made that possible.

    With New Design School, a nonprofit I founded in 2005 with the help of many, we are committed to approaching teaching and learning in way that is flexible to the change we are seeing around us. We are constantly redesigning the model for educating our students who want to become professional graphic designers. Because this field requires the latest in design and technology training, we choose to not stagnate in our methods, curriculum or content.

    We train our students to go out in the field, learn how others do it and then innovate and consider entrepreneurship. We equip them with business training during the 2 year, 22-seminar program so that they can gain the confidence necessary to jump when they are ready.

    Because we are not satisfied with higher education today (we are in agreement with you Kristian—There is no realistic ratio of what it costs to what is in demand) we want to fill that huge gap, starting with graphic design, of preparing students, equipping them them with resources, skills and a mindset, and combine it with their talent to create their own lucrative niche.

    Would love to see more corporate involvement in startups. Way to challenge Walmart and all the successful Arkansas corporations to invest their resources in their startup communities. They could potentially fill any of the 10 ecosystem areas Kristian covered.

    Kudos to the Small Business Development Center at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville that provided me with the nuts and bolts of starting a business in Arkansas with their free and reasonably prices workshops. Could not have done it without them.

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