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Report: Atlanta among the best U.S. cities to launch startups

Most people identify places like New York or California's Silicon Valley as being the desired destination of choice for launching tech startups, meaning those businesses that are typically still in their infancy and financed by their founders.

While this is undeniably true, it's nevertheless important to understand and appreciate that there are a host of other locations throughout the U.S. with much to offer those looking to make their mark in the technology sector. Indeed, one such location might be closer than you think.

The San Francisco-based research firm DataFox recently published a list of the top ten cities in which to form a startup and Atlanta came in at number seven due in large part to what was termed its "top-down commitment."

Specifically, DataFox cited the efforts of Mayor Kassim Reed, whom it credited with staffing the city's the economic development agency, Invest Atlanta, with highly skilled and business-minded individuals. Indeed, it credited the agency's "Startup Atlanta" entrepreneurship program with helping really put the city on the map.

"Through networking, strategic partnerships and staying involved with startups, Reed has put Atlanta on the early-stage map," reads the report.

Other factors cited in the DataFox report included the city's close association with Georgia Tech, its development of entrepreneurial hubs (Tech Square Labs, Switchyards, Atlanta Tech Village, etc.) and its overall affordability.

The six cities preceding Atlanta on DataFox's startup list include:

  1. Cambridge, MA
  2. Santa Monica, CA
  3. Fayetteville, AR
  4. Boulder, CO
  5. Wilmington, DE
  6. Pittsburgh, PA

If you are an entrepreneur from Georgia or another area of the country looking to set up shop in Atlanta, please consider sitting down with a skilled legal professional to discuss important business organization issues. Indeed, this simple step can free you to focus on what matters most: helping your startup thrive.  

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