8 Tech Hubs Other Than Silicon Valley
While technology has given us the freedom to work from almost anywhere at anytime, most tech companies and entrepreneurs still clamor to call Silicon Valley
While technology has given us the freedom to work from almost anywhere at anytime, most tech companies and entrepreneurs still clamor to call Silicon Valley home. But what about other tech hubs around the nation that aren’t located between the San Francisco Peninsula and San Jose? They’re worth a look.
Here are eight tech neighborhoods outside of the Bay Area you should put on your radar.
While Manhattan’s Silicon Alley may be New York’s original tech center, this Brooklyn-based hub (which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) was once an artists’ enclave. An estimated 500 tech and creative firms now call the 10-block neighborhood home, including Etsy, HowAboutWe, and Gothamist.
Bring your SPF 100, nerds. Santa Monica’s Silicon Beach is an ideal spot for coding in the sun while mingling with celebs seeking a slice of the tech pie. (Most recently Jessica Alba’s Honest Company set up shop in the LA tech ‘hood.) Both SnapChat, Tinder, and Twenty20 got their start here.
Kendall and Davis Squares, Massachusetts
Kendall Square, located next to M.I.T., is similar to San Francisco in that it’s close to Stanford. The two tech hubs catch a lot of bright talent with fresh diplomas in hand. Both Microsoft and Google have outposts in Kendall Square. And nearby Davis Square is filled with lesser-known startups looking to make it big.
While Microsoft and Amazon (Washington’s biggest tech names) are located in Redmond and South Lake Union, respectively, Seattle’s oldest neighborhood, Pioneer Square, currently has all the startup cache. Isilon/EMC, HTC, and Zynga are just a few of the names that have settled in the area. In fact, the number of startups in the area is quite staggering. Lock down a lease today if you can.
In 2010, this small Midwestern town had six times more tech startups per capita than the country’s average. Even more than San Jose. With its close proximity to University of Colorado, this area is able to catch some of the brightest young talent. Successful startup companies in this small midwestern town include Rafflecopter, SimpleGeo, and Left Hand Networks.
Grand Circus, a technology training firm, and Detroit Venture Partners, have sparked a boom in a city otherwise known for economic downtown. This could very well turn the beleaguered city back on its head. Tech has proven to be an important sector in a city in need of a revival.
Perhaps the most surprising area on this list, Zappos cult-like founder Tony Hsieh almost single-handedly helped transform this once decaying area north of The Strip. The shoe company even turned the city’s old city hall into its headquarters. Very telling.
The Near West Side, Chicago
Many of Chicago’s tech companies have migrated away from the North Loop to the Near West Side. Possibly to get away from the mess that was Groupon. No matter, a Google outpost and some gaming companies have helped turn this neighborhood into the hottest tech hub in Chicago.