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9 U.S. Cities You Wouldn’t Think Are Hubs for Tech Startups

9 U.S. Cities You Wouldn’t Think Are Hubs for Tech Startups

From Silicon Valley in California to Silicon Alley in New York, it may seem that those areas have cornered the market on tech genius, but don’t be fooled. The internet is decentralizing business, allowing entrepreneurs to build smart, lean businesses in far-flung places.

These eight places may not leap out as startup hotbeds, but they’re making a name for themselves with investors and innovators alike. And tech entrepreneurs are flocking to these places to get their startups off the ground.

Hoboken, N.J.

Why it’s hot: One square mile of boutiques and condos, Hoboken is just across the Hudson River from New York City and boasts a 2,221 member-strong N.J. Tech Meetup that gets together monthly. The Hoboken Business Center offers shared workspace through Mission Fifty, while the city’s Stevens Institute of Technology is opening an entrepreneurship office for students and is seeking investors for a tech accelerator.

Startups to watch: The scene is dominated by marketing, media, design and finance ventures such as Parse.ly, which provides page view insight for online publishers, and Xtify, a mobile customer engagement provider.

image credit: Hoboken

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