Best City to headquarter a startup
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 02:52 PM
Myself and a few like minded individuals are looking to co-locate in one location to continue work on some of our software startup projects. We've developed some products already, and now believe it is time to all work from the same location.
I am wondering for those of you who have startups, where is a good city to headquarter in? We are currently considering Chicago, Boston, San Jose area, and Austin Texas. The resources we are looking for are places where there is lots of young talent we can recruit from in the future. Cost of living is also an important factor, as we're on the humble budget of a startup.
For those of you who currently have startups, what are the most important resources you have access too? What resources do you wish you had access to? Are there any states or cities in particular that really will back startup tech companies(No, we are not consider Rhode Island)..
We're originally from the Midwest, but willing to move anywhere we think we can be successful long term.
Thanks for your advice.
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 03:11 PM
where is a good city to headquarter in? We are currently considering Chicago, Boston, San Jose area, and Austin Texas. The resources we are looking for are places where there is lots of young talent we can recruit from in the future. Cost of living is also an important factor, as we're on the humble budget of a startup.
So you want to be near universities with the kind of programs your candidates should take?
Or you want to be in hotbeds where people are always changing jobs (they'll come to you for experience, then quit and go elsewhere for the bucks)?
I recommend you make a decision grid. List some cities, how many universities are there, the cost of living, how many other startups are there, how many VCs are there, how many angels, etc.
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 03:13 PM
The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 04:56 PM
Edited by jwezorek, 27 June 2012 - 04:56 PM.
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Posted 28 June 2012 - 04:22 PM
Pros: It's got a very rich pool of tech talent. A lot of tech companies have established offices there (Google, Facebook, Amazon, Adobe, Microsoft, Boeing, etc). As for education: The University of Washington has a pretty good CS program, you've got digipen, and a few private universities and colleges.
Cons: The rush hour traffic can be horrendous. Rain can cause people to feel miserable, but the climate is very temperate which can really be appreciated in the winter and summer months. The cost of living fluxuates.
Anyways, you'll have to do the homework on all this, but Seattle may be worth looking at as well.
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Posted 02 July 2012 - 02:04 PM