Listening to Tedd Benson and Ken Burns on PBS this morning I learned that barn raising is a uniquely American endeavor. It is a democratic and communal event that for some reason never happened in Europe or Asia. Timber framing goes back over 2,000 years, but outside of the United States you don’t find timber framed structures that required a whole community to raise. You can watch the three-part series here. It got me thinking about startup communities and how they’ve fostered the growth of entrepreneurial endeavors throughout the United States. Building a startup is a lot like raising a barn – it takes a community to make it happen. I don’t know about you, but I feel so blessed have such an amazing startup community here in Dallas. Now back to my regularly scheduled vacation.