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Are These The 25 Next In Tech Cities?

TechNet Reveals 25 Next In Tech Cities

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Priceline Founder Jeff Hoffman speaks at EverywhereElse 2 2013 in Cincinnati (file photo)

Since 2011 has been “the voice of startups everywhere else”. We’ve been chronicling the stories of startups, entrepreneurs and innovation outside of the coast. It all started with Startup America. We were there when Steve Case and Scott Case (not related) kicked it all off and even when Evan Burfield and Donna Harris opened up 1776.  And everything in between.

I recently penned an op-ed confronting the idea that for a city to be a city it had to start with some kind of entrepreneurship. TechNet, a bipartisan collection of CEO’s and executives focused on promoting innovation across the country released a list late last week highlighting the next 25 cities to spur entrepreneurship, innovation and startups. It’s great to see so much innovation happening from coast to coast, especially in between those two coasts.

“Startup culture, which began in the garages of Silicon Valley, has spread across the nation,” said Linda Moore, president and CEO of TechNet.  “From Provo to Portland and Nashville to New Orleans, entrepreneurs are launching new ventures in the hope that they can become the next big thing.  Startups like these are the economic engine that drives job creation.  In 2014, companies in their first five years of life created 2.2 million jobs, while firms older than five years created only 450,000 jobs.  That’s remarkable, and it means that if we put the right policies in place to support startups, we can create one million new, good-paying jobs each year.”

In fact the entire report is great and can be read here. The only thing I disagree with is Linda Moore’s feeling that startup culture started in the garages of Silicon Valley (Fairchild started in upstate New York), and there are a  lot of other folks that would disagree.  But outside of that, highlighting entrepreneurship everywhere is important for the entire country.

The complete rankings are below. Based on our travels and reporting I would be inclined to suggest that Miami, Detroit, Baltimore, Madison, and Nashville would all rank above Worcester but I’m not sure about the methodology in the study conducted by Dr. Michael Mandel of the Progressive Policy Institute. Some might suggest that many “Boston based” startups actually hail from Worcester Mass in the same way that many Washington DC startups hail from Arlington Virginia, Rockville, Silver Spring and Chevy Chase Maryland.

The earlier part of the study highlights the top 10 tech hubs in the country. In that case I would suggest that by most standards San Jose would be groups in with San Francisco the same way most Oakland startups are.

Here’s a look at the list of the next 25, is your city on it?

  1. Washington, DC
  2. Atlanta, GA
  3. Denver, CO
  4. Salt Lake City, UT
  5. Portland, OR
  6. Dallas, TX
  7. Raleigh-Durham, NC
  8. Worcester, MA
  9. Philadelphia, PA
  10. Nashville, TN
  11. Phoenix, AZ
  12. Houston, TX
  13. Cincinnati, OH
  14. Richmond, VA
  15. Charleston, SC
  16. Madison, WI
  17. Pittsburgh, PA
  18. Sacramento, CA
  19. Charlotte, NC
  20. Baltimore, MD
  21. Cleveland, OH
  22. New Orleans, LA
  23. Minneapolis, MN
  24. Miami, FL
  25. Detroit, MI

Do you agree with the list? Sound off in the comments.


Source: TechNet via

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