Do Build Your Startup Outside Silicon Valley

In 2013, Harvard Business Review proclaimed, “Don’t Build Your Startup Outside Silicon Valley”. Read the tech press today and you’ll get the feeling this is still considered the gospel truth.

Don’t believe everything you read.

Here’s a list of successful companies that dared to create a web-tech business outside of The Valley. And these are just the companies I can reel off the top of my head.

FreeAgent, Edinburgh
Spotify, Stockholm
Shopify, Toronto
Xero, Wellington
Fastmail, Melbourne
Basecamp, Chicago
Amazon, Seattle
Deezer, Paris
Trello, New York
Skype, Stockholm
TransferWise, London
Skyscanner, Edinburgh
Atlassian, Sydney
Soundcloud, Berlin
Booking.com, Netherlands
Mojang, Stockholm
Songkick, London
Shazam, London

Do build your startup outside Silicon Valley.