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U.S. Cities Rank Highly as Locations for Startups

The Startup Genome Project ranks the Silicon Valley as far and away the best location in the world for startup businesses, but other American cities appear all over the top ten.
July 29, 2015, 12pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Richard Florida shares the results of a new ranking for the world's reading startup cities. According to Florida, the 2015 edition of the Startup Genome Project "is based on data from 11,000 global startup companies, interviews with more than 200 entrepreneurs worldwide, and data from Crunchbase and other sources." The result is a ranking of the world's "startup ecosystems" (i.e., "the broad infrastructure of talent, knowledge, entrepreneurs, venture capital, and companies that make up a startup community").

According to the ranking, the worldwide list of startup ecosystems is lead by the Silicon Valley and followed by three more American locations: New York City, Los Angeles, and Boston. Chicago and Seattle come in at number seven and eight, respectively. The article also includes more insights into the findings of the rankings and what they say about the cities included on the list.

For another take on a similar idea, focusing just on the United States, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation maintains a "Metropolitan Area Rankings for Startup Activity" index. The 2015 version of that index places the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos metropolitan area at the top of the ranks.

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Published on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in CityLab
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