The other day Chris Shipley of DEMO wrote that location doesn’t matter anymore; your tech company can as easily be located in Kansas as in Silicon Valley. That’s true enough. The basic necessities are available almost everywhere.
Today Renee Blodgett comments that while location may matter a little less, she’s not so sure:
The article points out that “the infrastructure to support technology development – broadband connectivity and plenty of caffeine – is available almost anywhere.” While this is true, I think its harder to get Stanford and MIT grads to move to the middle of Kansas……or sophisticated marketing savvy pros to head to rural towns, where the only choice for greens on the menu is iceberg lettuce. There are other considerations of course, including the quality of schools, cultural diversity and airport access.
I currently live and hour west of Toronto, Canada, where I moved when I was affected by the downturn in Massachusetts that Renee mentions. There is a small technology community here co-located with a university with a computer science and engineering program. The companies here build technology products, long on engineering, but short on marketing. But there are no tradeshows here. There are no Mobile Mondays or meetups. All of the real action is happening in Boston or in the Valley, primarily because of the sheer density of talented people, organizations, and infrastructure.
Yes you can build technology anywhere. But location can be a pretty powerful factor.