Each city has something that makes it unique and Seattle is no exception. Beyond coffee, music, and rain, we think the place we call home is great for startup companies and especially technology ones. We believe this so much that we created the ‘Seattle Startup Recipe’ to highlight the key ingredients required to make a thriving startup scene and that make Seattle a special place.
Startups can’t happen without a few important ingredients, including innovative and inspired people living and working nearby each other; a community that values collaboration and cooperation; and a local government and population that support new businesses (large and small).
We’ve highlighted a few of the ingredients below. There are many other people and organizations to add to our list so please tell us who you would add in the comments!
Big Tech Companies: Microsoft, Expedia, and Amazon call the Seattle-area home and companies like Zynga, Salesforce.com, and Google have set up shop here too. These companies support the community and bring smart people here from all over the world.
Service Providers: We’ve worked with several great service providers since we started and are always amazed at how capable and enjoyable to work with they all are. A few of those include Bill Bromfield of Fenwick & West, Mike Crill of Atlas Accelerator and Geir Hansen of Silicon Valley Bank. Definitely check out Seattle 2.0 for a great list of service providers in the Seattle area.
Research Facilities: Last but not least we garnish this recipe with research organizations like the University of Washington and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. More smart people working to change the world!
So, who would you add? What companies or organizations make the difference here in Seattle? What does your Startup Recipe look like in your city or town?
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