Forget Silicon Valley: 7 Better Cities for Startups
Silicon Valley is too expensive and too competitive. Consider locating your start-up in one of these great alternatives.

Maybe it's just me, but I've always found Silicon Valley (with the exception of San Francisco) to be rather depressing. Culturally, it reminds me of the boring parts of Los Angeles: dull offices, tract homes, strip malls, chain restaurants and gas stations. Yuck.

Despite the area's stultifying blandness, housing and office space alike have astronomical costs and there's a demand for talented labor that far outstrips the pool of available and educated workers.

"The Valley is victim of its own success, an expensive, crowded, hyper-competitive place that no longer works for all entrepreneurs," says Tim Sprinkle, author of the new book Screw the Valley: A Coast-to-Coast Tour of America's New Tech Startup Culture.

In his book, Sprinkle explains how to get your start-up started in seven cities where there's plenty of entrepreneurial action, lots of educated workers and where living is little bit less (organic) white bread. Here's some highlights:

4. Detroit

Why Here: Entrepreneurs who grew up in the area and consider it home are committed to a renaissance of the city and see technology startups as a big part of the solution.

What's Hot: Detroit homeboy Dan Gilbert (chairman and founder of Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans) is putting his money where his heart is.

Bonus Feature: Contagious optimism and the feeling of being part of something bigger than just starting a company.

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