October 14, 2016
There has never been a better time to work in the tech sector. With job openings appearing at an exponential rate and relatively high salaries even for entry-level positions, it’s not hard to understand the appeal of finding employment within the industry.
Of course, no place has played a more significant role in the development of this sector than Silicon Valley. The southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area is home to many of the world’s largest and most prestigious tech companies, including Facebook, Google and Tesla Motors. But lately several cities and regions have also laid a claim for themselves on the international scene.
A recent in-depth report by ABODO showcases some of the rising U.S. tech hubs, with a special focus on up-and-coming locations like Dallas, Pittsburgh and Minneapolis, thus proving that there is plenty of innovation originating from places that aren’t Silicon Valley or New York. Likewise, there are numerous cities outside the U.S that boast a thriving tech sector, including the following five international hubs.
Germany’s capital of Berlin may be famous on an international level for its trendy arts scene, but the city’s technology sector has also come a long way in the past decade. Statistics show that a new startup is founded every 20 minutes in Berlin, with the likes of SoundCloud and ResearchGate having originated here. What’s more, Berlin is also relatively cheap and affordable, at least when compared to other major European capital, which makes for lower office overheads and more financial wiggle room.
In the past several years, Toronto has risen to become the third largest tech hub in North America, and the largest overall outside the US. The region benefits from 100% access to high-quality broadband and houses the likes of Shopify and Hootsuite plus many others.
And with the government taking steps to make things easier for entrepreneurs, in Toronto you can actually set up a fully operational business in just two working days. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Toronto’s legendary diversity is a massive plus when it comes to attracting a varied and highly skilled workforce from around the world.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Living proof that tech hubs need not be confined to Europe or North America, Israel’s Tel Aviv has rapidly fashioned itself as the leading tech hub of the Middle East. While the city had been widely considered to be among the best in the world for all matters related to cyber-security, in recent years Tel Aviv has branched out into other areas as well, with a special focus on the burgeoning FinTech sector.
Today, Tel Aviv boasts more startups per capita than any other place in the world, thus earning its country the moniker of “startup nation.”
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Known for its unique architecture and remarkably liberal atmosphere, Amsterdam has gained a reputation as one of Europe’s tech capitals by virtue of its budding startup scene. The firms founded here, which run the gamut from smart energy to digital health and 3D printing among others, are all aligned with the overall direction of global innovation. In fact, Amsterdam’s position as a leading tech hub was all but confirmed when industry giants Netflix and Uber both decided to establish their European headquarters in the Dutch capital.
The City of Lights has never lacked for charm, but until recently it lagged behind many of its European counterparts when it came to innovations in its tech sector. Not so anymore. With the construction of Halle Freyssinet, Paris will be able to house 1,000 startups underneath one roof, with enough space to accommodate over 2,600 people. And with local companies such as Dailymotion and BlaBlaCar still riding high, there’s no limit to what Paris can accomplish as the industry continues to develop over the coming years.
As you can see, the world is filled with cities that deserve a closer look as potential tech powerhouses. Their names might not have the same ring to them as Silicon Valley, but for someone who’s looking to start a career in the tech sector any of aforementioned locations would be a great starting point, and all can offer the international thrill of getting on the ground floor of something truly new and exciting.
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