Emerging Tech Hubs That Are Challenging Silicon Valley

May 18, 2016

3:00 pm

Startups and entrepreneurs are rising up faster than ever, and the movers of the industry don’t have to be dependent on location for success. Silicon Valley may be infamous as the once-tech hub center of the country, but today, other tech hubs are emerging to give Silicon Valley a run for their money. It’s clear that emerging entrepreneurs and startups now have much more flexibility when it comes to location and community impact of their work.

Here are the top four emerging tech hubs that you should have on your radar, and what makes each of them unique.

What Are the Best Places for Tech Companies to Taking Root?

The top four list of startup-friendly cities in the U.S includes: San Diego, Los Angeles, Denver, and Seattle. Though each of these cities is already known for their other attractions, they may seem like unlikely candidates for attracting rising stars in tech. However, each of these cities boasts a unique landscape that could give emerging startups a much-needed edge on the competition.

San Diego

You may think that San Diego is all sunshine and waterfront locations, but it’s far more than that. The growing tech scene is ripe for new startups and entrepreneurs looking for a working environment that supports work and life balance.

As Brian Mesic stated in a previous interview with us, San Diego is a great place for entrepreneurs because of the variety of resources:

“San Diego has a lot going for it – a super educated workforce, local universities that produce more engineering and computer science graduates than just about anywhere else, the legacy of a strong military presence, proximity to Mexico, and some real opportunities to create game-changing companies because of the region’s dual strengths in tech and life sciences… There is a very real sense of community now.”

Los Angeles

Los Angeles may be known for its entertainment industry, but over the last few years, it’s becoming a growing powerhouse for those in tech because of its eclecticism. The city attracts a variety of professionals – which could be beneficial for your own growing startup looking to attract customers from a variety of industries.

From attracting the next big female-led companies to finding new ways to merge technology with entertainment and art, Los Angeles is worth exploring if you’re looking to inject some creativity to your startup.


Denver is one of the leading Midwestern cities when it comes to tech. Strongly linked to innovation in sustainability and equality-minded ventures.

Consistently ranked as one of the best places to launch your startup, Denver offers a proximity to new frontiers and friendly atmospheres. It’s also one of the best places to find a better work-life balance. Also active in growing the startup community in the area, Denver is a great location for entrepreneurs looking to expand their digital reach and connect with others who enjoy the hustle… but also know when to slow it down to relax.


Though it’s also on the West Coast, Seattle is dramatically different from its California counterparts. Nestled in Washington state, Seattle is one of the best cities for Millennials to settle into and start their own startups. They also have a reputation of creating much-needed innovation from within the field, making it an attractive option for those looking to expand their connection to the business community.

You can check out what other Seattle entrepreneurs have accomplished on from their Startup Week, Seattle is a city you should have on your radar because of its ease of transition and open community for innovation and young entrepreneurship.

How to Best Utilize These Emerging Tech Hubs

Each city has its own respective strengths that set it apart from anywhere else in the country – and that’s precisely what makes them such great places for emerging startups to settle into. While many emerging startups have the passion and drive to succeed, they may find themselves challenged to fit into the boxes of what startups should be.

The biggest asset that these tech hubs provide is giving new startups an edge. No longer is it enough for startups to focus solely on superficial goals – to truly reach success, startups have to embrace what makes them unique to the rest of the industry and utilize that.

Of course, to get the most impact of these tech hubs are to travel to the nearest one. Take note of the local community and take note of what is lacking in each. Even if you don’t want to live in or near these tech hubs full-time, visiting when the opportunity arises can also be beneficial to your startup.

No matter what your professional venture is, taking note of the tech trends is important to staying ahead of the curve with the industry. Utilize these emerging tech hubs, and watch your new startup take off.

(H/T Mashable)

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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she's using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she's not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color. Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to cameron@tech.co or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.

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