“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.
43/365 - Apr 1, 2011 on Flickr.
Thanks to @timehop (again) I was reminded that we submitted our first Tumblr theme, 2 years ago today.
Saturday I spent the day in Blacksburg, Virginia for a great afternoon of talks by 5 entrepreneurs who all went through the Y Combinator program out of Silicon Valley. The five speakers were:
- Alexis Ohanian, founder of Reddit
- James Beshara, co-founder of Crowdtilt
- Khaled Hussein, co-founder of Crowdtilt
- Ashu Desai, co-founder of MakeGamesWithUs
- John Fallone, co-fonder of SendHub
- Build quickly, talk to users, build more, talk to users, and repeat over and over again.
- Entrepreneurship is a roller coaster. Don’t let the ups get you complacent. Don’t let the downs get you depressed.
- Embrace failure so much that you are numb to it. You can’t learn and improve unless you try, which will often lead to failure.
- Always be doing. Don’t sit back and wait. Make things happen by doing.
- Dont be afraid to share your problems with others. They might offer ideas that you haven’t thought about.
- Dont pay attention to the competition. Focus on your product, customers, and road map.