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View Poll Results: Best non-tech hub cities for startups
Atlanta 7 26.92%
Dallas 2 7.69%
New Orleans 2 7.69%
Houston 3 11.54%
Miami 0 0%
Philadelphia 7 26.92%
Denver 5 19.23%
Voters: 26. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-12-2014, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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I work in the tech field, and have been in the industry for 15 years now. For the most part, I have been a contractor, which fortunately/unfortunately has landed me at many different types of companies. However I have felt in the last few years that I wanted to go out on my own, either via independent consulting, or doing my own startup.


I really have no interest in Silicon Valley or the Bay Area. They're mainly funded by VCs and want you to get big fast. I prefer to be more gradual with my business model. So I wanted to know what places still are in need of more tech startups, are ok with a slower approach, and are big enough to generate the business I would want. Again, this is more of a 5 years down the line thing, than a right now thing.

I would prefer business friendly cities for obvious reasons, that are more conducive with small business development.
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Old 04-12-2014, 08:54 PM
 
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Seattle, maybe?
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Old 04-12-2014, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Seattle or SF(San Jose really)
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Old 04-12-2014, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Seattle or SF(San Jose really)

Read the title.
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Old 04-12-2014, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Outside of those areas I'd vote for LA and Chicago. DC as well, I think. Chicago's startup community is growing big time (Chicago's technology sector: Start-up city | The Economist) and LA's had one for a little longer, and video games are kind of big there too and have been for awhile.
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Old 04-12-2014, 09:14 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Next tier

Chicago (wasn't on the poll)
Philadelphia
Austin (wasn't on the poll)
San Diego (wasn't on the poll)
Los Angeles (wasn't on the poll)
Denver

3rd Tier

Atlanta
Pittsburgh
Minneapolis
Raleigh-Durham

4th Tier

Dallas
Miami
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Old 04-12-2014, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Downtown LA
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Surprised LA is not on the list. Silicon Beach is a real thing, an increasingly big part of our local economy. SpaceX, Snapchat, NastyGal, HauteLook, Ouya, SpinMedia, NationBuilder...there are a ton of successful LA based startups now. The big boys like Google, Yahoo, and EA also have a huge presence here and employ tens of thousands of Angelenos.

You can still make more money up north, but it evens out because our cost of living is much lower than in the Bay Area.



represent.la - map of the Los Angeles startup community

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Old 04-12-2014, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Downtown LA
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Outside of those areas I'd vote for LA and Chicago. DC as well, I think. Chicago's startup community is growing big time (Chicago's technology sector: Start-up city | The Economist) and LA's had one for a little longer, and video games are kind of big there too and have been for awhile.
Yup- With 96 game dev studios, LA has the 2nd highest number in North America after San Francisco's 121.

Seattle, Austin, and Toronto round out the top 5 with 67, 65, and 41 studios, respectively.

Top North American Cities for Game Development | GameJobHunter Blog
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Old 04-12-2014, 09:51 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Surprised LA is not on the list. Silicon Beach is a real thing, an increasingly big part of our local economy. SpaceX, Snapchat, NastyGal, HauteLook, Ouya, SpinMedia, NationBuilder...there are a ton of successful LA based startups now. The big boys like Google, Yahoo, and EA also have a huge presence here and employ tens of thousands of Angelenos.

You can still make more money up north, but it evens out because our cost of living is much lower than in the Bay Area.



represent.la - map of the Los Angeles startup community
The Santa Monica Media District, Playa Vista, and West LA are major major major hubs of innovation, startups, general creativity, and like you said, game development.

I do have to make a bold claim that the OP has no clue what the tech/innovation economies in this country are since some of the other obvious choices never even made his list and there is a difference between startups and tech hub. Some cities are particularly important to tech/life sciences/innovative companies further down the life cycle rather than at the start-up stage.

This is a very interesting article on biotech in particular (and really goes into detail):
The top 15 cities for biotech venture funding - FierceBiotech

Seeing this list, I have to for not bringing up the fact that DC wasn't listed either...

Then this list is for VC funding overall and kinda' confirms my initial tiered list:

America's Leading Metros for Venture Capital - Richard Florida - The Atlantic Cities

Hint: Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Miami aren't even on the radar of receiving VC funding, the most clear-cut measure/proxy for startup environment.
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Old 04-12-2014, 10:00 PM
 
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I was gonna ask how you left out DC but then I read your next post.
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