Launching a Startup? Choose Where First
Posted on August 19, 2013
You have that one great idea, and you are filled with optimism. Now is the time to set out and conquer your dreams, becoming an entrepreneur and running your own successful startup! This is the dream of many, even more so thanks to the internet and how it has paved the way for small businesses to once again take the limelight. Even the smallest startups can become the next massive craze, and give the big business boys a run for their money.
Now that you are eager to start, does it really matter where you do it? After all, most people would just begin wherever they are living and use the internet to expand it past that locality. Isn’t that what the web is for, when placed in the context of startup ventures?
Yes, and no…while the web will give you the resources to push outward, your starting location could make all the difference. It is why you still hear about entrepreneurs moving across the country prior to development or release.
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The Best Cities For Startups
So, where in the US is best for a fledgling startup to begin? Seattle? LA? New York? Austin? All of these cities are hot for small businesses. But there are a few that have managed to claw their way to the top of the list and remain there.
According to a recent articles by Forbes, the best two cities for startups right now are actually Silicon Valley (no surprise there), New York and Boston. VIP Realty claims Dallas is very hot for This is due to the widespread normalcy of startups in the area. Which means more funders who are willing to listen to your pitch and provide the all important seed money you need to get started.
It does also point out that some industries are still better in other areas. While Silicone Valley is the place to be for high tech companies to emerge, Somewhere like Los Angelas is a better area if you are in a fashion or media oriented field. Somewhere like Seattle is very Internet-age friendly, as well as non-fashion related retail.
Is It Worth a Move?
Yes. Normally, I would take into consideration it being a case by case issue. But this is one question I think can be answered with a simple response. If you want to be successful in your startup, you have to be willing to commit to making it work. I am talking about real dedication, and a move should be within the list of totally reasonable sacrifices to make to do so.
The truth is, you are already going to be starting out with a bit of a learning curve. The world of startups in every industry are changing, as technology and the world of the internet develops and evolves. You should be working to put everything in your favor as much as possible, which includes moving to an area that will be both supportive of your efforts and award your venture with capital.
Finding an area that is best for your startup will depend on your field. But you should be willing and ready to go anywhere it takes, if you want to make it.
It is important in a startup that you do things right and stack the deck to your benefit. Moving to a location that is more nurturing for a startup is crucial. Thankfully, there are plenty of options, and many sources of funding that you can find along the way.
Do you have a word of advise in finding an area best for startups? Let us know in the comments.