Heartland Tech Weekly: How to measure tech progress outside Silicon Valley

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Heartland Tech Weekly: How to measure tech progress outside Silicon Valley

By | 2018-01-04T02:12:12+00:00 January 4th, 2018|feed news|Comments Off on Heartland Tech Weekly: How to measure tech progress outside Silicon Valley


This week, I wrote three different stories that touched on different ways to measure tech progress outside of Silicon Valley: how to talk about startup hubs without referring to them as “the next Silicon Valley,” overlooked cities becoming tech centers, and Heartland tech startups to watch.

As I mentioned, the biggest challenge in tracking the progress of startups outside of the coasts is that so much venture capital money (around 40 percent of all U.S. venture capital) is invested into Silicon Valley each year. That makes it difficult for other cities — which may be seeing a 100 percent increase or greater in the money their startups raise year-over-year — to make a dent in Silicon Valley’s share of funding.


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So, what are some other ways that cities can track the progress that’s being made in their tech community? A number of national economic development organizations have some ideas.

The Kauffman Foundation launched a Growth Entrepreneurship Index in 2015, which takes into account the density of startups in a city or state, how quickly those ventures are growing, and how many of those businesses last longer than five years. The Milken Institute publishes an annual list of “best-performing cities” that uses job creation, wage gains, and technology development as measurements of how quickly a metropolitan area is growing.

How do you think cities should track their tech economy’s progress? As always, please send news tips or feedback to me via email. You can subscribe to Heartland Tech Weekly here to get this newsletter in your inbox every week.

Thanks for reading,

Anna Hensel
Heartland Tech Reporter

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