Seattle vs Denver vs Austin for startup?

Mar 24, 2019 13 Comments

Which city would you say has the best environment for an early stage startup?

To me, it seems like both Seattle and Denver/Boulder have amazing access to nature and the outdoors.

Austin seems to have terrible access, but makes up for it by being a really cheap place to live.

The Denver/Boulder area is also getting expensive.

It looks like funding is equally available in all areas? Not certain about this..


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TOP 13 Comments
  • Texas
    Mar 24, 2019 0
  • Lubbock!
    Mar 24, 2019 2
    • Amazon / Eng C-Team
      Not sure what that is
      Mar 24, 2019
    • Look it up! It's a place in Texas
      Mar 25, 2019
  • Facebook


    Google, Microsoft
    Seattle has Amazon and MS HQs, and huge FB and G campuses. So you could access more talent there, which is the most crucial thing for any startup.
    Mar 24, 2019 1
    • Amazon / Eng C-Team
      Not many of those people are willing to work for the amount that a seed stage startup can pay, unfortunately
      Mar 24, 2019
  • Okta doll$h
    Austin seems super nice
    Mar 24, 2019 0
  • Broadcom Ltd. rFkd21
    Pretty right on. Denver weather better than Seattle if you’re OK with the cold months.
    Mar 24, 2019 0
  • Microsoft / Biz Dev MemeGenX
    Austin is a cool city but tech talent won't be as good as Seattle. Even though the big companies have offices there, they are mostly sales, support, or 2nd string eng
    Mar 24, 2019 0
  • Oracle / Data bendy
    Austin price wise may be marginally better than Denver.

    True our outdoors can’t compete with either pnw or colorado.

    Austin is mostly b 2 b. But many big software co’s have announced expansion plans.
    Mar 24, 2019 0
  • Manhattan Associates / R&D

    Manhattan Associates R&D

    Microsoft, XPO Logistics
    Denver....Austin is super overcrowded
    Mar 24, 2019 1
    • Lol. Barely a million pop with room to expand in every direction = "overcrowded"? Where are you from, Oklahoma?
      Apr 1, 2019
  • Google / Eng catburglar
    I would also consider figuring out existing startups that do similar things.
    Mar 24, 2019 0


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