I’m spending the next 4 days in Lincoln Nebraska for the highly technical business reason of it being a reasonable one days drive away from Denver as my wife and I make our way to Rhinebeck New York. Literally I used Google Maps to find the best way to drive 1800 miles back to New York and Lincoln was around 500 miles from Denver so it ended up being where we stopped. This morning I decided to google “startup lincoln nebraska” and see if there was anything at all here that would pass for some semblance of a tech scene and was surprised to find it in fact has one.
With a bit of searching I was able to find a relatively decent tech scene with admirable software companies, a Startup Accelerator, and even a co working space. It’s not San Francisco, but I would argue there’s nothing wrong with that.
Beyond this apparently NerdWallet ranked Lincoln the 3rd best city in the US for young people to start a small business. When most people think about starting a tech venture they immediately assume this means a “startup” which will require a lot of funding and assistance that many times you can only find in major tech centers, but if you’re thinking about starting a tech “business” places like Lincoln may make a lot of sense. Cost of living is low, people are genuinely nice, and frankly the local business community may be much more supportive because they know their success depends on the local economy growing.
I would take NerdWallet’s ranking with a grain of salt, but it should give you some measure of comfort in knowing that even if you don’t live in California it doesn’t mean you can’t try to launch your tech endeavor. (Keep in mind GeekBrainDump.com is run out of a travel trailer with a MacBook Pro, Note 4 and a Cloud Server.)
Read NerdWallets Write Up Here: http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/cities/economics/best-cities-for-young-entrepreneurs/
Read About Lincoln Startup Accelerator NMotion: http://nmotion.co
Read About Lincoln Tech Startup Hudl: http://journalstar.com/business/local/hudl-building-new-hq-in-haymarket-adding-jobs/article_a7bff2e7-0f3d-5ba7-a2a0-2895c12e72c2.html