How do you become a startup community leader? First and foremost, it's important that you are an entrepreneur in some capacity. Loosely, this means solving problems that create value for as many other people as possible with scarce resources. So, you can work for an established company, be a student or faculty member at a university, own a small business, or even a non-profit, and still be entrepreneurial. It's more about the mindset than anything else.
Secondly, you have to be willing to accept failures. Success is hard to come by without failure along the way, so lead by example and don't let fear of failing stop you from trying new things.
Lastly, it takes time. In the short term, becoming a community leader requires giving up personal time. At the bare minimum, spend a small amount of time a day staying in tune with events and news through social media. To really make an impact, volunteer your time organizing events and recruiting more people to join the startup movement. In the long term, you will see a slow progression and in 20 to 30 years, the benefits will be obvious.