Most Business Friendly Cities for Technology Startups

Thumbtack just released the results of their small business survey.  They surveyed 7K+ small businesses around the country to find out which states and cities are the most small business friendly.   We wanted to know what that meant for tech companies and startups so we took their raw data and filtered it down by their industry category of Technology/Creative.  The top 10 cities/metros are listed below.

#1 Jacksonville, FL
Although a great spot for small business, Jacksonville is not home to many successful startups.  One successful exit is Vurv Technology who was acquired by Taleo for $128M. 

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#2 Denver/Boulder/Co Springs, CO
Not only is this state/metro small business friendly, it also has the accelerator TechStars which is helping the tech community in Boulder really grow. Other notable startups include NewsGator and Rally Software.
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#3 San Antonio, TX
San Antonio is one of the fastest growing cities in the US. While it doesn’t have as many startups as its neighboring Austin, it does have a large public tech company – Rackspace.

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#4 Minneapolis, MN
The Twin Cities Metro area is number 4 on the list. on2 Technologies was acquired by Google for $106 Million and Code 42 software hit #24 on our 2012 Tech 200 list with $18M+ yearly revenues.
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#5 Raleigh/Durham, NC
Research Triangle Park has had numerous startups come out of its region. Recent ones include Right View Technologies, ChannelAdvisor, and ReverbNation.

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#6 Cleveland, OH
Most people don’t think about Cleveland as being a startup hub, but they have a few… SageQuest, Sparkbase, and ExpenseWire was acquired late last year.

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#7 Orlando, FL
Orlando has had a few successful startups. Highwinds has raised over $100M in venture financing and Voxeo’s revenue in 2011 was above $60M.

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#8 Portland, OR
Portland has a thriving tech startup scene. JanRain recently received $33M from Salesforce and did almost $10M in 2012 revenues. Other startups include Act-On Software, iovation, and Cedexis.

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#9 Dallas, TX
Dallas has a surprisingly large amount of tech startups. It must have to do with its 6.4M metro population. Softlayer, Xtera, Match.com, Woot, Quickoffice, and RealPage.

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#10 Austin, TX
More and more companies have been moving and starting in Austin. Google and Apple have recently announced building new large facilities in Austin. In addition, there are just too many to mention. Some of the largest include HomeAway, BazaarVoice, SolarWinds, and RetailMeNot.

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