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Screw the Valley, We Want to Build a Boulder

Why try to replicate the success, scale or legacy of Silicon Valley in any meaningful way? Why compete with New York, London or Berlin, when talent will always be attracted to capitals of commerce and culture?

Martin Bryant, Managing Editor of The Next Web and Paul Smith, Director of accelerator program ignite100 ask the audience whether towns and cities around the world can build sustainable, successful startup communities. They explore how Boulder established itself as a world-class startup community, and look at how teams elsewhere in the world are looking to do the same.

And they ask the most important question of all; can remote startup hubs ever hope to grow awesome startups?


  1. Is it possible to build a sustainable, valuable community outside established startup hubs?
  2. Why do some major cities fail to cultivate a viable startup community?
  3. Which startups have benefited from being based outside established regions? Which have failed?
  4. What's best practice when trying to establish resources and a support network for startups?
  5. Even if startups do find strength in numbers and community, does it help or hinder their potential for future growth and success?



Paul Smith, Director, ignite100

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