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Screw the Valley: A Coast-to-Coast Tour of America's New Tech Startup Culture: New York, Boulder, Austin, Raleigh, Detroit, Las Vegas, Kansas City by Timothy Sprinkle

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“Silicon Valley is not a place, but a state of mind.”

—John Doerr, venture capitalist,Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers

BLAME THE $4 TOAST.

And the corporate shuttle buses.

And the sky-high office rents.

And the borderline-insane local housing market.

Most importantly, blame the seemingly never-ending hustle to find, train, and retain top development talent, which forces technology company founders to go so far as to take out ads on the sides of city buses and all but throw money at Stanford’s engineering department in hopes of landing the top candidates they need. All in a kill-or-be-killed competitive environment that, for many small-time ...

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