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Old 07-18-2010, 11:31 AM
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Various places like Austin or Bos or Seattle have been aspiring to be another "SiliconValley" for past 25+yrs...and have failed to even come close in creating or attracting as many new BigTech HQs or valuable start-ups

Ironically, two of world's top 5 ComputerScience depts are IL and CarnegieMellon....and MI is decent, too

But nearly any top CS grad from such colleges flees to SV upon graduation for career opportunities and lifestyle

Same phenom in Boston, where top Harvard undergrads immediately flee to either Manhattan or SV for jobs....and the few useful MIT grads leave to SV

Data centers and sales offices are stuff any BigTech co. has in many major cities around globe; key question is where highest-paid engineers and founders work, not the clowns in sales/marketing/tech support
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:39 AM
 
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Various places like Austin or Bos or Seattle have been aspiring to be another "SiliconValley" for past 25+yrs...and have failed to even come close in creating or attracting as many new BigTech HQs or valuable start-ups

Ironically, two of world's top 5 ComputerScience depts are IL and CarnegieMellon....and MI is decent, too

But nearly any top CS grad from such colleges flees to SV upon graduation for career opportunities and lifestyle

Same phenom in Boston, where top Harvard undergrads immediately flee to either Manhattan or SV for jobs....and the few useful MIT grads leave to SV

Data centers and sales offices are stuff any BigTech co. has in many major cities around globe; key question is where highest-paid engineers and founders work, not the clowns in sales/marketing/tech support
Maybe that's the case in most instances, but not all. My brother has a Master's in CS from Illinois - Champaign. He's always worked in the Chicago area. (He was a doctoral candidate, so he was a top grad).
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:08 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Various places like Austin or Bos or Seattle have been aspiring to be another "SiliconValley" for past 25+yrs...and have failed to even come close in creating or attracting as many new BigTech HQs or valuable start-ups

Ironically, two of world's top 5 ComputerScience depts are IL and CarnegieMellon....and MI is decent, too

But nearly any top CS grad from such colleges flees to SV upon graduation for career opportunities and lifestyle

Same phenom in Boston, where top Harvard undergrads immediately flee to either Manhattan or SV for jobs....and the few useful MIT grads leave to SV

Data centers and sales offices are stuff any BigTech co. has in many major cities around globe; key question is where highest-paid engineers and founders work, not the clowns in sales/marketing/tech support
Too true. Some have had more success than others. I remember when we left Champaign, IL (U of IL) in 1980. They were trying to get some "Champaign Tech Center' going. Never happened, despite the U of I. There's not much high tech in Pittsburgh, either, despite CMU.
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Old 07-20-2010, 03:17 AM
 
Location: Tower of Heaven
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Various places like Austin or Bos or Seattle have been aspiring to be another "SiliconValley" for past 25+yrs...and have failed to even come close in creating or attracting as many new BigTech HQs or valuable start-ups

Ironically, two of world's top 5 ComputerScience depts are IL and CarnegieMellon....and MI is decent, too

But nearly any top CS grad from such colleges flees to SV upon graduation for career opportunities and lifestyle

Same phenom in Boston, where top Harvard undergrads immediately flee to either Manhattan or SV for jobs....and the few useful MIT grads leave to SV

Data centers and sales offices are stuff any BigTech co. has in many major cities around globe; key question is where highest-paid engineers and founders work, not the clowns in sales/marketing/tech support
Austin didn't fail ! This city has an huge growth, it's just the beginning, I can see it becoming a new Silicon Valley, a new rival.
This city recently had 200 jobs created by Facebook, it's the first time facebook creates jobs outside California.
Because it's a very promising area.
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Old 07-20-2010, 04:54 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Austin didn't fail ! This city has an huge growth, it's just the beginning, I can see it becoming a new Silicon Valley, a new rival.
This city recently had 200 jobs created by Facebook, it's the first time facebook creates jobs outside California.
Because it's a very promising area.
That's right, Facebook got a new office in downtown Austin in March.

Not Silicon Valley, they already call Austin the Silicon Hills. Because technically Austin isn't in a valley.
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Old 07-20-2010, 04:59 AM
 
Location: Tower of Heaven
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That's right, Facebook got a new office in downtown Austin in March.

Not Silicon Valley, they already call Austin the Silicon Hills. Because technically Austin isn't in a valley.
Aha that's right
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Old 07-20-2010, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Silicon Prairie is the nickname given to Dallas. Lol.

But this is quite interesting, I do not know enough about America's heartlands to comment.
It's also a very common name for areas surrounding Chicago and Champaign-Urbana IL: Silicon Prairie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 07-21-2010, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Bothell, Washington
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Various places like Austin or Bos or Seattle have been aspiring to be another "SiliconValley" for past 25+yrs...and have failed to even come close in creating or attracting as many new BigTech HQs or valuable start-ups
I don't think you can include Seattle in that statement- Seattle is a huge Silicon Valley type of place, a major tech hub, probably number 2 right behind Silicon Valley. Besides the big ones like Microsoft, Amazon, and Expedia there are countless other tech companies based here, tech rules this area.
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:44 PM
 
Location: MINNESOTA
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I can't wait til Facebook falls flat on their face.
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:47 PM
 
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Austin didn't fail ! This city has an huge growth, it's just the beginning, I can see it becoming a new Silicon Valley, a new rival.
This city recently had 200 jobs created by Facebook, it's the first time facebook creates jobs outside California.
Because it's a very promising area.
Austin is a good little tech hub but it took Silicon Valley over 25 years to become what it is...I think Austin still has a while to go before it can even come close to matching Silicon Valley.

Some Companies who HQ's are in SV
Google
Apple
Yahoo
Intel
Facebook
Youtube
Twitter
HP
ebay
Tesla
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