4 Reasons You Don't Have to Move Your Start-up to Silicon Valley to be Successful

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*Originally posted on CNBC here.

It’s no coincidence that some of the most successful start-ups in history — including many of the so-called “unicorns” — are headquartered in Silicon Valley. The Bay Area’s proximity to top tech talent, a plethora of incubators and accelerators, and a “who’s who” of innovative companies make it a fertile hunting ground for venture capitalists looking to throw money into the next Facebook or Apple.

It Pays To Be Different - Why building your company outside Silicon Valley may save it

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While places like San Francisco and London get the most attention in the tech space, startup ecosystems are emerging all over the world. San Francisco and London didn’t become tech hubs overnight – and we’re seeing hubs quickly emerging in places like Buenos Aires, Prague, Cairo, and throughout the midwestern United States. But the question is: Why would you want to build your company in a “new” startup ecosystem?

Breaking Geographic Boundaries

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It’s a great time to highlight a couple of regions that may not immediately pop into your head when you think of entrepreneurial ecosystems. The truth is, some surprising cities and countries around the world have made remarkable steps in evolving their startup communities and how they serve entrepreneurs.