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Published on June 20th, 2013 | by Jose Vasquez


Top 10 Cities for Startup Tech Companies

Finding a home for your startup tech company is a difficult choice, but these 10 cities are some of the most innovative and startup-friendly locations in the country.

You’ve got the idea. You’ve got the team. Now it’s time to find a home.

There are a number of factors that make a city ideal for building a technology company, including cost of living, accessibility to talent, and proximity to other innovators. USA Today recently compiled a list of American cities best known for their hospitability to startup tech companies.

Here are the results:

  1. San Francisco. Housing Facebook, Yahoo!, Google, Apple, Zynga, Pinterest, and a host of other international tech powerhouses, San Francisco remains a hotbed for tech innovation. Its proximity to Stanford University and the University of California-Berkeley make it highly appealing for tech companies scouting for new talent.
  2. Boston. Ripe with local colleges and travel tech companies, Boston is one of the highest sought-after startup locations on the east coast.
  3. New York. Of course New York City is another attractive option. Some powerful featured companies include Tumblr, Foursquare, Videolicious, and Vimeo. Rent is expensive, but the surroundings make it worth it—Mayor Michael Bloomberg just announced $22 million in new funding for local startups.
  4. Los Angeles. Another California Mecca for startup tech, Los Angeles attracts many new businesses with its ideal climate and many resources.
  5. Washington, D.C. Our nation’s capital is naturally a highly wanted location for new startup tech companies. Examples of successful startup techs from D.C. include AOL, Popvox, and TroopSwap.
  6. San Diego. California gets a third city on the list with the home for Qualcomm, Slacker, and MOGL.
  7. Chicago. With Groupon, Orbitz, and Motorola Mobility, Chicago has nicknamed itself “Silicon City,” and has claimed a new startup forms every 48 hours.
  8. Austin. The South appears with its SXSW startup tech festival and host of successful startups.
  9. Boulder/Denver. The proximity of the two cities allows them to exist as one entry. Mapquest, Photobucket, and TechStars are highlights from the area.
  10. Seattle. Amazon and Microsoft are the juggernauts of Seattle, and the myriad small tech companies in the city make it a thriving communal environment.

No matter where you choose to start or grow your startup tech company, keep your environment in mind. Consider rent costs as well as resource access and the availability of local talent.

Read the original story by Jefferson Graham on USA Today

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About the Author

is a serial entrepreneur and tech specialist dedicated to helping startup tech companies grow and succeed. As the founder of Build. Brand. Blast., Jose has worked with dozens of enterprises to find direction, gain momentum, and achieve results.

One Response to Top 10 Cities for Startup Tech Companies

  1. What about Cincinnati? We have a vibrant startup community, organizations like The Brandery (, Cintrifuse (, CincyTech (, UpTech (, and OXC Design + Strategy (, and I guarantee it’s got the lowest cost of living out of that list!

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