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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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“A lot of city revitalization projects depend on having an expensive sports team or building an expensive stadium or having a Harvard or Stanford nearby . . . we want to show there’s another way. If we can do it in Downtown Las Vegas, the place typically voted as least likely to succeed, and make it a place of learning, of inspiration, of entrepreneurial energy, then really there’s no excuse for any other city.”

—Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com

SO, I HAVE TO WARN YOU, Tony’s apartment is pretty weird.”

There are about fifteen of us packed elbow to elbow in an elevator on our way up to the top floor of the recently restored Ogden residential ...

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