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Entrepreneur Magazine’s Best Cities for Entrepreneurs

Yes, there’s life for entrepreneurs outside New York and San Francisco — and we’ve got the proof! To identify the best places in which to launch and operate a business, we partnered with Livability.com, which studies small and midsize cities. Matt Carmichael, the site’s chief trend analyst, developed the ranking, crunching a wide range of data, including the number of ...

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How Entrepreneurs Can Help Their Startup Communities Get More Funding

So you’re an entrepreneur with high-growth aspirations and you don’t live in Silicon Valley, Boston or New York City. Crazy, right? While there are perceived advantages to locating a business that needs private investment in these high-performing regions – capital concentration results in shorter fundraising cycles, deep talent pools satisfy technical hiring needs, professional/social networks spur acquisition scenarios – capable ...

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Brad Feld and Steve Case: Fear Can Paralyze or Propel Us

Failure is what all great entrepreneurs have in common, from Thomas Edison to Elon Musk. After all, failure is natural. Setbacks test and validate. They force change. Fear is natural, too, though, it gets talked about less often. Maybe that’s because worries, faced in the moment, are far more messy and scary. They haven’t yet been pressed neatly into storylines ...

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The 15 Best U.S. Cities for Entrepreneurs to Live and Launch

Entrepreneurship is not the solo endeavor it’s often billed to be. The most visionary founders still need helping hands to bring their dreams to life. They still need communities to support them, challenge them and help them grow. That need for nurturing led Entrepreneur to wonder: where are the best places to launch a business in the U.S.? Where do entrepreneurs get ...

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How Angel Investing Is Different Outside of Silicon Valley

Many aspects of angel investing are the same in places with relatively few high-potential startups as they are Silicon Valley, the epicenter of high-potential entrepreneurial activity.  However, both research and personal observation suggest that, to be successful, angels outside of the valley need to do several things differently from their counterparts in Northern California. Angels outside of Silicon Valley (and ...

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Steve Case on Opportunity Outside Silicon Valley: ‘There’s Still Work to Be Done’

If you found yourself surprised that self-driving Ubers launched in Pittsburgh and not San Francisco, it’s time to get wise. Not all our big ideas get started in Silicon Valley, after all, and Pittsburgh’s dominance in robotics make it a natural launchpad for futuristic tech. Of course, too many aren’t clued into Pittsburgh’s reboot from its steel town roots, or ...

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7 Surprising Ways Atlanta Competes With Silicon Valley

When it comes to deciding where to build and scale your startup, most cities look like an underdog next to Silicon Valley. But then there’s Atlanta. I moved to this city 13 years ago, expecting I’d be here for my four-year college career, then transplant to a larger market. Instead, I discovered that Atlanta was the perfect place to grow ...

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The 4 C’s Needed to Build a Strong Startup Community

You may have startup activities in your city, but building a startup community is hard, intentional work.  Once created, startup communities help spur entrepreneurs to build new businesses, connect investors to new opportunities, bring members into the community to support startups and celebrate the success as entrepreneurs excel. Entrepreneurship is a special kind of sport and startup communities provide the ...

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How the Stars of ‘Fixer Upper’ Transformed a Town in Texas

One night a few years ago, Dustin Anderson was having dinner with his wife, and he spotted Chip and Joanna Gaines out with some friends. Anderson felt immediate tension. He owns a Waco, Tex., glass shop called Anderson Glass and had been doing some work with the Gaineses, who owned a construction company. But the Gaineses were past due on ...

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