“What It Takes to Create a Start-Up Community” via The New York Times
What, no Nome, Alaska? But seriously, while I cannot quibble too much with this map as that is where much of the VC activity occurs, there are plenty of whitespaces where startup are happening in a big way.
For example, where is Utah which has had an active tech scene for a couple of decades? Why no representation south of the Mason-Dixon line? There are plenty of startups in Atlanta and Raleigh, while areas around UVA and VT are perking up. Michigan, once dominated by the auto industry, is experiencing a startup innovation Renaissance in Detroit and Ann Arbor. Even places you may not think of as tech hotspots like Des Moines and Montana are showing an uptick in tech startup activity.
As I maintained before, it does not matter where you start. New York may be hot, Silicon Valley might be king, Boston may be the old stalwart, but there is no requirement to move yourself to one of these locales. You can make it happen anywhere.