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(Examiner)   If your dream is to start a business, here are ten cities where you might want to look to open your start-up   (examiner.com ) divider line
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2014-03-14 08:53:37 AM  
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2014-03-14 11:29:49 AM  
Are there intensities in those 10 cities?
 
2014-03-14 11:31:14 AM  
1) Taxes too high
2) Workers too high
3) Too many hipsters and weird people
4) Again, all those stoners
5) Too many Californians
6) Those pesky taxes again
7) Steers and queers, steers and queers
8) Mob protection payments
9) Cost of living
10) Cubs fans
 
2014-03-14 11:51:54 AM  
Sounds like a bunch of libby lib socialist commie hippie cities.
 
2014-03-14 11:59:30 AM  
It's not that hard to start a business.

The challenge is keeping it going.
2nd Challenge is making enough money to pay yourself.  (decently and consistently too)
 
2014-03-14 12:04:18 PM  
It's a who's who of hipster enclaves.
 
2014-03-14 12:13:25 PM  
A.K.A. "List of most liberal cities in America."

Funny, that.
 
2014-03-14 12:32:33 PM  

Slackfumasta: A.K.A. "List of most liberal cities in America."

Funny, that.


Fun fact:  Half from the list rank in the top ten for income inequality.
 
2014-03-14 01:06:05 PM  
From the same people who made the list that has oklahoma as one of the best cities to live in...
 
2014-03-14 01:10:55 PM  

Lyonid: Slackfumasta: A.K.A. "List of most liberal cities in America."

Funny, that.

Fun fact:  Half from the list rank in the top ten for income inequality.


That actually makes a lot of sense. You want an economically robust upper class to buy your products and/or services, but you still need a lower class that's just oppressed enough to keep labor costs down.
 
2014-03-14 01:11:09 PM  

Lyonid: Slackfumasta: A.K.A. "List of most liberal cities in America."

Funny, that.

Fun fact:  Half from the list rank in the top ten for income inequality.


You might have the causation backwards there.
 
2014-03-14 01:14:50 PM  
My dream isn't to start a business....however, as the majority of the rest of my family has shown me, if I want to make decent money, I'll likely have to.
 
2014-03-14 01:18:55 PM  
Sweet, sweet VC money, lot of talent, and people looking to buy you out in cities in that list.

But yeah, if you want to start a pavement business, maybe you should look elsewhere.
 
2014-03-14 01:37:59 PM  

poughdrew: Sweet, sweet VC money, lot of talent, and people looking to buy you out in cities in that list.

But yeah, if you want to start a pavement business, maybe you should look elsewhere.


Yeah like in Boise which has been a highly ranked city for starting businesses for over a decade.  Funny how low taxes, low regulations and cheap labor makes that possible
 
2014-03-14 02:15:28 PM  
California (in general) is the best state for high tech start ups because non-compete clauses for employees are basically illegal in the state, allowing people to leave their jobs at existing companies without worrying about such.  This is one of the main reasons Silicon Valley even exists.

Not everything is about taxes, folks.
 
2014-03-14 02:36:47 PM  

bsharitt: Lyonid: Slackfumasta: A.K.A. "List of most liberal cities in America."

Funny, that.

Fun fact:  Half from the list rank in the top ten for income inequality.

That actually makes a lot of sense. You want an economically robust upper class to buy your products and/or services, but you still need a lower class that's just oppressed enough to keep labor costs down.


In *slightly* more realistic terms:

Entrepreneurship is inherently unequal.

In a factory, everyone's on the union pay scale.

In a thriving entrepreneurial environment, there's a couple guys getting really stinking rich and 98 guys trying really really hard to be the 2 guys and barely taking a paycheck to make their seed last longer.

And of course, all that generated wealth means that the difference between "minimum wage" and "lives in a mansion" is quite a bit larger.
 
2014-03-14 03:17:15 PM  
For tech Austin is pretty amazing. I've been interviewing a lot there and am surprised at the competition. In Dallas it's pretty easy to get an offer but Austin is much more difficult, I think having UT right there to pull from helps. I don't know much about the whole scene but I got to know a higher up at homeaway.com and he says everyone's pretty close and collaborative at the top so there's a good entrepreneur community there.
 
2014-03-14 03:21:53 PM  

Slackfumasta: A.K.A. "List of most liberal cities in America."

Funny, that.


I found San Diego to be pretty conservative.  I think it's all the military types that live there.
 
2014-03-14 03:58:55 PM  

Sasquach: My dream isn't to start a business....however, as the majority of the rest of my family has shown me, if I want to make decent money, I'll likely have to.


Same here.  I've hit the glass ceiling in my profession, unless I want to join a consulting firm and be on the road for weeks, if not months, at a time.  Too late in life to go back to school to be a doctor or a lawyer.  Starting a business is really the only option left if I want to grow my income.

Too bad there is such a high risk of having my income crash to zero if I fail.
 
2014-03-14 07:07:19 PM  

Geotpf: California (in general) is the best state for high tech start ups because non-compete clauses for employees are basically illegal in the state, allowing people to leave their jobs at existing companies without worrying about such.  This is one of the main reasons Silicon Valley even exists.

Not everything is about taxes, folks.


Weather, a good concentration of research universities, a relatively accepting culture to immigrants from other states and countries, and a dollop of fat money from federal grants and contractors matters, too.

If I start a biotech company in Oklahoma City, where the hell am I going to find lab techs, interns, and postdocs?  I'm sure I could find accountants and facilities managers without too much trouble, but I'd be looking long and hard for a formulations chemist or a molecular biologist.
 
2014-03-14 09:23:49 PM  

Dinjiin: Sasquach: My dream isn't to start a business....however, as the majority of the rest of my family has shown me, if I want to make decent money, I'll likely have to.

Same here.  I've hit the glass ceiling in my profession, unless I want to join a consulting firm and be on the road for weeks, if not months, at a time.  Too late in life to go back to school to be a doctor or a lawyer.  Starting a business is really the only option left if I want to grow my income.

Too bad there is such a high risk of having my income crash to zero if I fail.


I was in the same boat so I did just that. We're a restaurant under our C-corp, chugging along and not worried about my wife's or my salary. We make enough to stay solvent while the business grows. It isn't what we make it's what we keep that matters so we'll take some profits out in a couple of years -if- it's there.
 
2014-03-14 09:27:08 PM  

Lyonid: Slackfumasta: A.K.A. "List of most liberal cities in America."

Funny, that.

Fun fact:  Half from the list rank in the top ten for income inequality.


Why do jackass innumerate reporters all make up their own stupid income inequality metrics, instead of just using the GINI coefficient like anyone with half a brain?
 
2014-03-14 09:52:06 PM  

Dinjiin: Sasquach: My dream isn't to start a business....however, as the majority of the rest of my family has shown me, if I want to make decent money, I'll likely have to.

Same here.  I've hit the glass ceiling in my profession, unless I want to join a consulting firm and be on the road for weeks, if not months, at a time.  Too late in life to go back to school to be a doctor or a lawyer.  Starting a business is really the only option left if I want to grow my income.

Too bad there is such a high risk of having my income crash to zero if I fail.


Doesn't help that each major relative has done so successfully...all in different fields (natch). I don't want to be the fark up screws it up!
 
2014-03-15 01:20:54 AM  

Geotpf: California (in general) is the best state for high tech start ups because non-compete clauses for employees are basically illegal in the state, allowing people to leave their jobs at existing companies without worrying about such.  This is one of the main reasons Silicon Valley even exists.

Not everything is about taxes, folks.


That is an interesting perspective I've never thought of. Thanks for that.

/Business owner in California that started a competing business.
 
2014-03-15 02:00:06 AM  
NYC?? Wtf? Try Detroit. It's much much cheaper.
 
2014-03-15 10:03:33 AM  
I work in a VC firm in downtown Chicago, and there's definitely activity here. Healthcare tech and more conservative industries are huge here.
 
2014-03-15 10:35:29 AM  

Smeggy Smurf: poughdrew: Sweet, sweet VC money, lot of talent, and people looking to buy you out in cities in that list.

But yeah, if you want to start a pavement business, maybe you should look elsewhere.

Yeah like in Boise which has been a highly ranked city for starting businesses for over a decade.  Funny how low taxes, low regulations and cheap labor makes that possible


And yet, it's Boise, and the really good talent goes elsewhere. Because it's Boise. And 100% growth in Boise means opening one new business.
 
2014-03-15 11:41:01 AM  
So the best places to start a small business are among the most expensive cities in terms of cost of living? Why wouldn't you want to start a small business in a city where it's relatively inexpensive to keep a roof over your head?
 
2014-03-15 01:17:59 PM  

Derwood: So the best places to start a small business are among the most expensive cities in terms of cost of living? Why wouldn't you want to start a small business in a city where it's relatively inexpensive to keep a roof over your head?


Wouldn't you want to start a business where people have lots of disposable income? This is why wage stagnation is the enemy of the recovery
 
2014-03-15 01:43:01 PM  

astro716: Derwood: So the best places to start a small business are among the most expensive cities in terms of cost of living? Why wouldn't you want to start a small business in a city where it's relatively inexpensive to keep a roof over your head?

Wouldn't you want to start a business where people have lots of disposable income? This is why wage stagnation is the enemy of the recovery


People have tons of disposable when they aren't spending all their income on mortgage/rent and property taxes. I'd think starting a business in a city like Columbus, OH would be easier than San Francisco
 
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