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Screw the Valley: A Coast-to-Coast Tour of Americas New Tech Startup Culture: New York, Boulder, Austin, Raleigh, Detroit, Las Vegas, Kansas City Hardcover – January 13, 2015
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The reader is taken on a tour of seven “new” technology cities that are spread around the United States, all showing that there is life for high-tech orientated companies away from Silicon Valley. It is also a great overview about the changing face of American cities, the development of high-technology companies and the emergence of so-called technology clusters.
It is an easy-going, light read that packs a powerful punch – especially to an outsider. Written in a non-judgemental style (other than the general acceptance that Silicon Valley is an expensive, possibly counter-productive place to do business) the author gives a great mix of travel and regional business/sector guiding to the reader. It is quite surprising to note that, for example, Boulder, Colorado is a high-tech centre in its own right, accounting for nearly one in four jobs. The city hasn’t managed to compete just on price however, with it having a reputation as being one of the so-called “nicer” cities in tech, which isn't something you often hear about towns in Silicon Valley. Perhaps the old-style American “community feel” helps as certainly it has something going for it.
Some of the other areas also specialise within given vertical sectors, such as Minneapolis-St. Paul is becoming “medical device valley” and Raleigh, NC is a hub for biotech startups. The author takes the reader behind the scenes and gives an access-all-areas introduction to what is happening there.Read more ›
DETROIT. The focus is on the urban core, driven by the billionaire founder of Quicken Loans, Dan Gilbert. (Wrong I think, to criticize Detroit for needing “private police forces”—police have always been private in large part. Conversely, he doesn’t touch on how difficult it is to start a business in Detroit, one of the common criticisms of a bankrupt Detroit that still put its faith in big public spending projects rather than small businessmen.)
NYC. The Big Apple ranks only behind SV and Boston in terms of metro areas by VC investment. Where others see the challenges, NYC entrepreneurs see the opportunities, including in Brooklyn, which by itself has outpaced almost every other large startup area in the country. And should we be surprised there is ample opportunity in the center of the finance, media, fashion, and advertising worlds? NYC has the advantage of being better integrated into the larger economy than SV.
LAS VEGAS. Casinos are king there and it shows. A major hurdle is lack of office space due to construction focus on hotels and casinos, leading to tight commercial real estate market and thus expensive rents.Read more ›
Tim shares with the reader a nicely detailed and comprehensive view of some of the emerging ecosystems in the US. If you don't believe going in that great companies can be built outside of the valley then you will miss the point. As a journalist, Time takes an objective stance and delivers almost a behind-the-scene view. For those curious, take a read - I promise you will enjoy it.
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great read, makes you think if these hubs actually take off, how many programmers would leave SF.Published 5 months ago by frank rycak jr
Raleigh is the place to be. Ever gone to Silicon Valley? For what you can buy as a house in Raleigh for $300K won't even get you an apartment in Silicon Valley. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Vito Perez