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Sunday, February 08, 2004

 

Red Herring article: "Hidden tech"

"Move over Silicon Valley. Wenatchee, Washington is about to steal your thunder."

"It used to be that when you thought of high-tech corridors the geography was pretty limited to Silicon Valley, Boston's Route 128, North Carolina's Research Triangle Park, and a few up-and-comers like Austin, Texas."

"No longer. With the rapid adoption of inexpensive broadband technology, and the cost of urban living still high despite the downturn, tech communities are popping up in unlikely places. Migratory entrepreneurs have set up shop in places as diverse as Grand Forks, North Dakota, Wenatchee, Washington, Bozeman, Montana, and Amherst, Massachusetts – scrapping the rat race and cutting back on their business costs, to boot. Many of these businesses are home-based and unincorporated, literally hidden from view and flying under the radar of government statisticians. Still, these 'hidden tech' communities are getting VC attention."

This Red Herring article is worth reading for folks in smaller towns pondering the value of good broadband access.

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