On today’s bonus episode, I’m speaking with Chris Heivly. 

Chris has over 40 years of experience working as, for, and with entrepreneurs and I was delighted to talk with him about why he wants to see more ecosystem and community builders come together and build a fort.

Chris Heivly is a life-long entrepreneur and multifaceted investor who spent forty years working as, for, and with entrepreneurs. Prior to becoming a successful startup community builder and consultant, Chris co-founded MapQuest—which sold to AOL for $1.2 billion. He currently serves as a managing director of The Startup Factory and is a highly sought-after public speaker. His first book, Build the Fort: Why 5 Simple Lessons You Learned As a 10 Year-Old Can Set You Up for Startup Success, was inspired by his widely acclaimed TEDx talk in 2014.

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Listen to the full episode to hear:

  • Why Chris uses the metaphor of building the fort when addressing ecosystem builders and entrepreneurs
  • How the fluidity of complex adaptive systems benefits entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders
  • Why you have to identify and speak with as many of the actors in your ecosystem as possible
  • Why collaboration and partnerships are vital to creating a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts
  • How to identify the gaps in your ecosystem and bring the right people together to fill them
  • How adopting a short term mindset can help ecosystem builders dive in, get stuff done, and build momentum
  • Why you can’t wait for a permission slip to get involved
  • How leaders and influencers set the tone for the culture of an ecosystem

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