As you may have noticed, I am not located in Silicon Valley, yet I am pursuing a technology startup. The NY Times ran a story entitled It’s Not the People You Know. It’s Where You Are. . The premise is that you should be in Silicon Valley if you are a startup.
Of course, I disagree as do others. What do Skype, Last.fm, Netvibes, Xwiki, and Feedburner have in common? Hint: not Silicon Valley. And those are just the ones I know about. I'm sure there are others.
That's not to say a location in Silicon Valley would not be beneficial. It certainly could be, but don't believe the hype that you absolutely must be located in the valley. Take your idea and run with it wherever you are.
Know of other non-Silicon Valley startups? Post them in the comments!
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