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What do Boulder and Boca have in common?

Posted by Scott Kirsner  May 4, 2010 09:15 AM

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According to a new list compiled by ZoomProspector and published in BusinessWeek, Boulder, Colorado and Boca Raton, Florida are the two best U.S. locations for start-up companies. ZoomProspector based its analysis on the number of start-ups, workforce quality, venture capital, and higher education. (Already, you are saying: Boca? Of course: it's home to Florida Atlantic University, where the most popular major is lifeguarding.)

Cambridge does show up on the list, at #6, behind cities like Santa Monica, Calif., Bend, Ore., and Irvine, Calif. Right behind us is Bellevue, Wash., the town right next door to Microsoft's headquarters.

Here's the ZoomProspector profile page for Cambridge.

One variable they don't take into account, which I suspect would help cities on the list like San Francisco, Bellevue, and Cambridge: number of regular networking gatherings, educational events, and support systems for entrepreneurs.

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