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The 4 Best Cities In America For Startups


So, you’ve got the bug to work for yourself? There is no doubt about it, the appeal of startup culture is inarguable. It represents our chance to get away from the nine to five grind, stop taking orders, and start working for yourself. Instead of completing one menial task after another, we’ll have the ability to make our dent in the world. With luck, we might even make some money doing it.

There is just one problem – you can’t do it alone. If you really want to make it, you need to go somewhere that allows you to network with the thriving tech community. San Francisco is already well publicized. Everyone knows that Silicon Valley has been, historically speaking, the source of much innovation. But with rising cost of living, it’s not really the best place to start a brand-new business. Instead, try one of these lesser known tech meccas. These cities won’t cost you an arm and a leg, but you’ll find that there is still plenty of opportunities in their local software development industry.


Seattle might not be the biggest city on the map, but it’s got a reach that extends to all corners of the globe. Both Amazon and Google are well established in the city, creating an economy that benefits all types of tech industry professionals. The Seattle tech community is particularly popular, with a large number of companies busy working away on the next big thing. If you’re looking for people to be a part of your team, Seattle software development community is a great place to start.


While Dallas might not be the first place you think of when you look for cities with a bustling tech scene, it’s still a major contributor to the US economy. The city was previously a well-established oil community, with billions of dollars flowing through the state every year. With oil currently in a downswing, there are plenty of seasoned investors looking for somewhere to park their money. And the tech industry is currently a hot choice for many investors. Since 2012, the city has had an average growth of 21% in the business sector, with 2015 showing growth of 38% alone.


For both lifestyle and business, Miami has a lot going for it. Beautiful sunny beaches, diverse culture, and a thriving nightlife draw tourists in from all over the world, but the city has also been attracting numerous tech professionals. Miami has had an on and off relationship with dot com development for over 25 years. Today, institutions like the Launch Pad University and Americas Venture Capital Conference mean that a city is a hot place for startups to get financed.


This city is probably best known for its trendsetting nature. Locals are always happy to support local businesses, and a large number of worldwide trends started here. Many tech companies earn success by going viral. If you’re able to make a trend catch on in Portland, it’s often much easier to spread the word beyond your own homestead.

No matter where you decide to start your business, location is only one part of the equation. There are successful entrepreneurs everywhere, and as long as you have the right team you’ll be primed for success.


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