Midwest Vs. Silicon Valley: Tech Talent and Lifestyle
Posted June 2, 2015
CEO & Founder, Powderkeg
“We’ve got great talent,” says voicemail inventor Scott Jones. “We just need more of it. And frankly,” Scott continued, “I think many would say the same in Silicon Valley.”
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“I hear a lot of complaints from people on the coasts,” Jones laments. The cost of living and other inconveniences of cities like San Francisco have left many yearning for more. This makes areas like the Midwest not only more attractive to employees, but to business owners as well.
“Once you find people, they stay put longer here,” Jones says. And with growing entrepreneurial ecosystems outside of Silicon Valley, there are more and more resources to grow a tech startups beyond San Francisco.
“They can never find enough of the great talent,” says Jones. “And that’s what we want to create here at Eleven Fifty.”
Scott Jones is the co-founder of Eleven Fifty coding academy based in Indianapolis, Indiana. We’re excited to announce that Eleven Fifty is now an official sponsor of Verge HQ in Indiana, offering exclusive access and unique opportunities to its members. Use code “VERGEhigh5 at registration to save on your next coding course.
Matt is the founder and CEO of Powderkeg, a network of local communities with global reach for tech entrepreneurs, investors, and top talent. Powderkeg entrepreneurs have collectively raised more than $500 million in capital and are disrupting industries, creating wealth, and changing the world from areas beyond Silicon Valley. Hunckler has led successful teams with his own ventures, as well as Inc. 500 companies and venture-funded tech startups. He's been named an Under 30 CEO Entrepreneur to Watch and an IBJ Forty Under 40 Honoree for his entrepreneurial endeavors.