Skander Garroum has a mission. It is broad and it is wide. Worldwide, in fact. His mission is nothing less than understanding the worldwide startup ecosystem. He needs your help to do it, but more on that in a moment.
He is the man behind Compass, a benchmarking tool for startups and tech companies. With 30,000 users worldwide, Compass uses Google Analytics and other metrics to help companies understand how well they are doing, and also grasp their position in the startup ecosystem.
Garroum’s current project is mind-bendingly ambitious, nothing less than mapping the worldwide startup ecosystem. But he has done it before. In 2013 Compass completed a global ecosystem report.
He learned that in Los Angeles, for example, there were a higher amount of non-technical founding teams than there were in Silicon Valley. He learned that, ‘In Silicon Valley, you have a lot of PhDs and Masters coming straight out of university with some kind of fancy concepts who want to apply it to the real world. And in LA, you have more of your mom-and-pop entrepreneurs who saw …