Sand Hill Road, venture capital

Do you want to start a cool new company and hit it big? As with everything else, the three most important factors appear to be location, location and location. According to a report by TechCrunch, the top 10 are:

1. Silicon Valley: duh.

2. New York: again, duh.

3. London: okay, this one surprised me, but I did read a book recently about London’s start-up culture during the dotcom boom and after it.

4. Toronto: this is another one that didn’t jump to mind right away, but it makes sense. And, with the TSX Venture Exchange, there’s a way to get the capital flowing. Still, I’d have guessed Vancouver before Toronto.

5. Tel Aviv: yep, I figured this would be in the top 10.

6. Los Angeles: I didn’t think this one would be, though.

7. Singapore: I wouldn’t have guessed it, but I see it now and understand it.

8. Sao Paulo: I would never have guessed this – and I plan to do some more research. With all the capital flowing into Brazil, it makes sense.

9. Bangalore: I can see it.

10. Moscow: yeah, not a shock.

Interestingly, Paris came in at #11, which I can see a bit, but I’m surprised Seattle was ranked only thirteenth, one ahead of Madrid (who’d have thought that one?). Vancouver is sixteenth and Boston is eighteenth, both of which really caught me by surprise.

Interested in the methodology? Read the whole article at TechCrunch.

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Source: TechCrunch

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