Although it's mostly known for its roots in legendary country music, Nashville is also home to healthcare service giants and one of nine Google Tech Hubs. Ranked 1st in Travel + Leisure's America's Friendliest Cities, Nashville offers a high quality of living in a low-cost business environment (Nashville's cost of doing business is 88.5% of the nashional average, plus no income tax). No wonder Nashville is one of the fastest growing entrepreneurial cities in America, and host to The Fishbowl's corporate headquarters.
Surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests, Seattle earned the nickname "Emerald City", but it is better known to locals as The Town. Having produced Entrepreneur legends like Bill Boeing, Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs, Seattle still strives to claim the moniker "global start-up hub". And with city-supported resources like StartupSeattle.com and growseattle.com along with the support of innovation-focused companies like Amazon.com, F5 Networks, Tableau, and Zillow, Seattle is on everyone's short list for entrepreneurial cities.
Along with its culture and close proximity to wine country, San Francisco is known for its role in the world renowned Silicon Valley ecosystem. With innovative academic institutions like UCSF and USF (currently ranked 19th of America's Most Entrepreneurial Research Universities by Forbes), efforts to "embed startup DNA into its government", and the new Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, San Francisco does not disappoint when it comes to walking the talk for entrepreneurial support.
- Reid Hoffman, co-founder LinkedIn