Why Libraries Should Be the Next Great Start-Up Incubators

One of the world’s first and most famous libraries, in Alexan­dria, Egypt, was fre­quently home some 2,000 years ago to the self-starters and self-employed of that era. “When you look back in his­tory, they had philoso­phers and math­e­mati­cians and all sorts of folks who would get together and solve the prob­lems of their time,” says Tracy Lea, the ven­ture man­ager with Ari­zona State University’s eco­nomic devel­op­ment and com­mu­nity engage­ment arm. “We kind of look at it as the first tem­plate for the uni­ver­sity. They had lec­ture halls, gath­er­ing spaces. They had co-working spaces.””

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One thought on “Why Libraries Should Be the Next Great Start-Up Incubators

  1. I’m an entre­pre­neur myself and I believe that it is very impor­tant to not only have more start-ups related to libraries, but also to the music indus­try. There is a huge poten­tial where peo­ple can explore a vari­ety of ser­vices and prod­ucts that can engage peo­ple AND stu­dents into great con­ver­sa­tion, shar­ing of knowl­edge and social help based on inter­est. There is def­i­nitely a lot to do regard­ing cul­tural start-ups and also, the more there is, the wider the range and the inter­ests that will be covered.

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