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While the San Francisco Bay Area — including Silicon Valley — has become an unofficial mecca for all things tech, S.F. isn’t the only place where startups thrive. Several other American cities are rising to compete with the Bay, offering budding companies room to play outside the shadows of giants like Google, Apple and Facebook, and at lower (read: lifestyle-friendly) prices.
Below, we’ve curated a list for you of surprising and not-so-surprising locales where you might consider putting down startup roots. Our method? Looking at city tax breaks for small businesses, government programs, talent pools, culture, and more.
If you happen to live in one of these cities already, you should be good to go. If not, then you might consider making the move. Even if you’re not a founder in the making, you couldn’t ask for a more vibrant, inspiring scene than the startup world. (Although we might be biased.)
Without further ado:
1. San Francisco. Let’s just get this one out of the way. Why? Because if it didn’t make the cut, people would question the rest of the list. As home to Silicon Valley forerunners Stanford Research Park, Hewlett-Packard, and Xerox PARC, the Bay Area gets the legacy win here. The culture couldn’t be more fertile for startups.
Today, Google, Apple and Facebook employees wait on corners all over the city to have shuttles take them an hour south to work. And unsurprisingly, a healthy number of San Francisco-based startups claim one or more former Googlers as founders, including Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and so many more — most of which settled in the Bay Area. Given the prominence of tech in the local zeitgeist, it’s nearly impossible to sit in a bar in the city and not overhear a conversation about so-and-so’s startup or startup idea.
Also, while San Francisco’s legendary pricey-ness seems like it would deter burgeoning, young entrepreneurs, its proximity to the epicenter of the venture capital universe is beyond compare. About 30 miles south, Palo Alto’s Sand Hill Road is lined with VC firms that are constantly on the lookout for the “next big thing.” Being able to take a meeting in the middle of the day is invaluable when a seed round or first round of funding is on the line, making SF and the Peninsula just south of it a no-brainer choice for most startup world denizens.
2. Los Angeles. Not that many people think of startups in a city dominated by the entertainment business. It makes sense, though, that a large metro area brimming with creative professionals (28.8% of Santa Monicans identify this way) would support some innovative companies. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper to live in any number of neighborhoods and suburbs ringing LA than in the Bay. Across the board, the cost of living is lower (domestic beer is $.40 cents less in LA after all).
LA’s young startup scene brings new meaning to City of Angels, with more and more angel investors and VCs settling in SoCal. AngelList, an online community for startups, reports that Los Angeles is home to nearly 1,300 startups and 1,500 investors. And the National Venture Capital Association reports that, in 2011 alone, VCs made 208 deals worth close to $2 billion with startups in and around the city. These numbers are likely to grow in coming years as LA produces more startup stars to join Fandango, Ticketmaster and Legal Zoom (like maybe one of these).
And don’t forget, LA has Ashton Kutcher. Hey, that’s no laughing matter. SoCal techies should check out Socaltech.com, a growing community of startup folks swapping news, job listings, event announcements and more.
3. Denver. Heading east, our next stop is mountain country: Denver and its almost equally-attractive neighbor, Boulder. Like SF, Denver has its share of big names. Lower costs of real estate and doing business have made it a logical outpost for branches of Oracle, HP and SAP, all of which have nestled in the Denver Technological Center to the southwest of the city. This puts technology in the air, helped along by the DTC’s relatively new Innovation Pavilion, which match-makes startups with relevant companies, academic institutions and government firms to help them get off the ground.
Like LA, Denver and Boulder are also home to an impressive number of people identified as self-identified creatives (about 29.3% of the population). Education levels are also pretty high, with 69.1% having earned a bachelor’s degree or higher. It makes sense that Boulder is home to a small colony of government research organizations, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. That’s a lot of smart people close together.
While Denver has yet to produce a blockbuster startup success story, its roster of names isn’t too shabby: ReadyTalk, Mapquest, Photobucket, and more. There’s a reason Brightkite founders Brady Becker and Martin May chose Denver for their newest play Fork.ly, after pioneering the place check-in concept.
4. Washington, D.C. Landing on the east coast now, a trend is starting to emerge. Cities that concentrate brilliant, passionate people around certain ideas tend to be fertile ground for startups. Whether their interests are the movies or atmospheric pressure, these people tend to have the drive, skills and path-breaking ideas that could strike tech gold. In D.C., it’s politics. Every year, a deluge of kids from the best schools with diverse degrees pour into the D.C. metro area (46% of residents over 25 have a four-year degree; 25% have a graduate or professional degree). And, increasingly so, they’re looking for meatier opportunities than garden variety Congressional staffer jobs.
If you’re skeptical about the growing startup scene in and around the nation’s capital, look no further than Proudly Made in D.C., a website dedicated to the city’s robust community of entrepreneurs, engineers, designers and more. Given the site’s full calendar of events, it’s clear that D.C.’s penchant for networking and schmoozing isn’t lost on its tech crowd. Startups located close to the city include green-energy play Opower, Uber cab sibling Taxi Magic, GroupOn rival Living Social, and the list goes on.
Evidence has shown that nothing’s better for startups than a city that wants them. And D.C. and its surrounding cities want them badly. For example, just down the road in Baltimore, the Maryland Technology Development Corporation joined forces with the newly-minted Propel Baltimore Fund and the Abell Foundation to make small angel investments from $50,000 to $100,000 in startup companies locating in the city. And, on the east coast, where most techies might think the choice is only between New York and Boston, D.C. offers a more relaxed (San Franciscan, shall we say), and much cheaper vibe.
5. New York, New York. Where better to end this list than the second-most obvious contender for best American tech city? Combine the smarts and flash-bang creativity of SF and LA with the frenetic pace and pedigree of the Northeast and you have a winning formula — despite the crushing cost of living that drives many techies to the outer boroughs. There’s a reason why Silicon Alley is a term, and why VentureBeat editor Matt Marshall recently relocated here. You can’t ignore the comet-like success of Foursquare and GroupMe (which was bought by Skype for an estimated $85 million).
Following the financial collapse in 2008, a lot of young bright things — including an army of software engineers, designers and others — found themselves unemployed, looking to do anything except finance. New York responded well to this trend, spinning startup-friendly policies to keep the cream of the crop in town. This has allowed capital to flow more freely for new businesses and support founders in their efforts. Among other things, Mayor Bloomberg has announced an initiative to create a council on technology and innovation, and is backing a series of public forums on immigration to help startups source and keep top talent.
If New York keeps it up, we might have to coin a term for techsters to replace Mad Men. Taking a gander at this cool heatmap of startup activity in New York, it looks like there might be an epicenter around Gramercy Park. Ideas anyone?
1. Austin. A clear choice, given that San Francisco takes a field trip there every year for SXSW. It also came in first on PayScale’s 2010 list of cities to find the best jobs — with a major nod toward the tech industry.
2. Seattle. Wedged between Amazon and Microsoft, startups that take root in this rainy city have precedents for success and a lot of roaming tech talent to draw from. Zillow and Jobster certainly have.
3. Raleigh/Durham. A dark horse candidate. At the start of this year, North Carolina and N.C. State University held an Innovation Summit designed to energize the city’s tech community. Now it plans to build an Innovation Center to house startups — and suck in VC dollars.
Finally, the ability to type quickly with two thumbs is paying off, or rather it could pay off for one of the 11 finalists at the 6th annual LG U.S. National Texting Competition. Today at noon, the players will face off in New York City’s Times Square for a shot at $50,000.
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In a recently published study, the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, issued a devastating verdict on the future of biofuels in Germany, the EU, and the rest of the world. If the rationality for using biofuels is a reduction of CO2-emissions, its researchers argue, life-cycle-analyses (LCAs) of current technologies and processes show that most biofuels are part of the problem rather than part of the solution. Considering all steps in production and use of biofuels, including fertilizers, labor and conversion, the study aggressively questions the reasonableness of EU’s 10 percent by 2020 biofuel goals in transportation. (The relevant EU directives are 2009/28/EC, 2009/29/EC, 2009/30/EC.) The study concludes that none of the existing the biofuel options execpt biogenic waste would sustainably help the climate.
Basically, this is not news. Biofuels have been heavily criticized by NGOs such as Greenpeace in the past, and continue to be a campaign target. In Germany, a country with famoulsy ambitious renewable energy targets, there is, however, in addition to these facts an increasingly solid scientific consensus that biofuels should not play a prominent role in the country’s energy transition. Nobel laureate Hartmut Michel of the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt told the F.A.Z. in an interview.”I don’t want to support the nonsense of biofuels.” The press is now mostly critizising biofules.
Ultimately the endgame for biofuels in Germany may be looming, because there is no public voice supporting them. The association safeguarding the industry’s interest on the federal level, Bundesverband Bioenergie e.V., issued a statement against the Leopoldina on their website, stressign the role biofuels can play in the transport sector. But was virtually unheard in the debate. And major industrial biofuel players aren’t taking part as well. If the industry does not publicly make the case why biofuels are necessary and beneficial for Germany’s energy transition, the renewable energy future in this country may be without biofuels.
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Oracle is stopping a marketing campaign attacking IBM in wake of a national advertising board‘s recomendation that the company made false claims when comparing its Exadata technology to competing IBM products.
It’s the second time in four months the National Advertising Division (NAD) has taken action against Oracle for making false claims when comparing its Exadata products to IBM’s technology. The NAD is an advertising industry group that falls under the umbrella of the Better Business Bureau.
The NAD recommended that Oracle stop making comparative claims about its Exadata database technology, following a challenge made by IBM. The NAD said the Oracle “messaging” could not be substantiated.
In question is an ad that appeared as a full-page advertisement in the Wall Street Journal that included the following:
• “Exadata 20x Faster … Replaces IBM Again”
• “Giant European Retailer Moves Databases from IBM Power to Exadata … Runs 20 Times Faster”
Oracle argued it was using one specific case study, not comparing Exadata to the overall IBM Power System technology. Oracle is appealing this ruling and also the one in April to the National Advertising Review Board. In a statement, Oracle said it was “disappointed with the NAD’s decision in this matter, which it believes is unduly broad and will severely limit the ability to run truthful comparative advertising, not only for Oracle but for others in the commercial hardware and software industry.”
Okay. Yes, this is Oracle jockeying to some extent in its fight against IBM in the database market. It is part of the game. But Oracle has such a lousy reputation. It uses the language to make claims that are simply not true. I guess that’s the extent of it. When listening to what Oracle has to say, you always need to do a language check. Yes means no. Cloud means on-premise.
You get my point.
NAD made the point that Oracle went over line. The company’s defense was not enough:
NAD further determined that the disclosure provided on the advertiser’s website was not sufficient to limit the broad message conveyed by the “20x Faster” claim. More importantly, NAD noted that even if Oracle’s website disclosure was acceptable – and had appeared clearly and conspicuously in the challenged advertisement – it would still be insufficient because an advertiser cannot use a disclosure to cure an otherwise false claim.
Competitors like to use the language loosely when ribbing their competitors. For Oracle, it goes well beyond that. They play a game that even an industry advertising organization says goes too far.
The current crop of cases are an important opportunity for an appellate standard, said Julie Ahrens, an attorney and associate director of the Fair Use Project at Stanford Law School. Ahrens filed an amicus brief supporting Electronic Arts in the Hart case on behalf of three nonprofit organizations, including the Digital Media Law Project, and 10 individual law professors. “We’re looking for a clear, predictable rule that limits the application of publicity rights and protects free speech rights,” Ahrens said.
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In an announcement that made my day, Uber is is experimenting with on-demand ice cream service this Friday. This new feature is in honor of National Ice Cream Month and will be available across the US in Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and Washington DC.
Ice cream lovers can request ice cream by selecting the cone option in the Uber app and setting the desired delivery location. An ice cream truck will quickly deliver a minimum of $5 ice creams for $12, with an option to order more. The type of ice cream will depend on the nature of the local trucks, but considering it is ice cream we are talking about here, the likelihood of being disappointed is slim, although your waistline may no longer be.
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