Good things come to those areas blessed with Google Fiber, and so it is with Kansas City. Last summer, GOOG the Beneficent gifted the metropolitan area with its own brand of ultra high-speed Internet. Local startups have already been taking advantage of Google Fiber’s 100x speed, but there is more.
So very much more.
TechStars cofounder and Foundry Group managing director Brad Feld has been inspired to perform his own act of generosity. According to VentureBeat, on Monday he closed a deal on a three-bedroom home called the “Feld KC Fiberhouse” where startups can cowork, co-live, and experiment with all that Google Fiber has to offer:
“I’m not going to be living in it. Instead, I’m going to let entrepreneurs live / work in it. Rent free. As part of helping create the Kansas City startup community. And to learn about the dynamics of Google Fiber. And to have some fun.”
TechStars kicked off the startup reality show trend that Bravo, MTV, and HBO are now chasing. So it’s no surprise that there’s a contest and “all-star panel of judges” (including TechStars CEO David Cohen) to win a spot and offer advice. Although if Mr. Feld is really interested in “fun,” may we recommend the requisite hot tub and confessional cam?
The project will be run in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation and Startup America. But it’s hardly the only friendly face in the “fiberhood” (gulp). Hanover Heights is also “quite close” to Homes for Hackers, which offers free housing and Fiber, and the KC Startup Village.
All in all, it sounds like a cheaper, more wholesome version of Silicon Valley’s “hacker hostels,” which can cost $1,200/month and aren’t always up to code. The competition ends March 22 and you can apply for one of the five slots here.
Congratulations, Mr. Feld: You are now the Lou Perlman of Startups!