Boulder continues to be recognized as the place for startups. The New York Times did a story today on Boulder’s success in the startup arena. They contrasted the scene here with the scene in Silicon Valley trying to identify what it was about this place that made it stand out so.
“In Silicon Valley, you’re a small fish in a huge pond, and it didn’t seem as collaborative and a lot more corporate,” said Chad McGimpsey … “Here, you’re a big fish in a small pond. Plus, there are the mountains.”
And while I may disagree with how small the pond is, I get where he’s coming from. The opportunity is more accessible here. It’s the culmination of talent, success, desire, and failure that make up this wonderful supportive community, which continues to sustain innovation and creativity while so many other cities are failing.
“Boulder has reached this beautiful sweet spot, where it has many advantages of a university town — tech and talent and openness — but without many of the costs and traffic and congestion that may disadvantage incumbent centers of innovation,”
The amazing thing to me is people (New York Times?) still can’t figure out what it is about this place, and really you just have to be here to get it, but when you do finally get it, you’ll never leave. Even if you have to become a hippie on Pearl St, it’s totally worth it.