and others who are working in or just interested in the startup arena
I think of this as "others who are working in or fascinated with the startup arena." No, even that is not enough glory for our Forum Members!
Everybody here is a star...the startups are stars, of course. Gladiators ready to step into the arena and slay the monsters of established business norms, restrictions, and limitations. Yet the other stars are here, too: the star who hold the key to the startups' success is the fan/audience/player!
I would like the Startup/Audience relationship here to be one similar to the Speaker/Fan relationship at a Sci-Fi or Anime convention. A real respect-based, mutually supportive ...I'm looking for a noun to end the sentence... "courtship?"