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Silicon Alley and Silicon Valley [Interactive Infographic]

For decades, Silicon Valley has been synonymous with innovation. It is difficult to dispute this claim given that it’s the home to technology and Internet giants such as Apple, Google, and Facebook. While it hasn’t lost its staying power, other hotspots for entrepreneurship and technology have emerged over the past ten years, in particular, New York’s “Silicon Alley”.

Although cities like Chicago, Austin, and even our own Research Triangle have produced a number of web-based businesses in recent years, New York’s startup scene is growing exponentially. The amount of capital and seed funding continues to rise as well as the success of local companies like foursquare, Gilt Groupe, and Tumblr. The city’s ecosystem also has the support of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who recently appointed Rachel Sterne as the city’s Chief Digital Officer along with Steve Rosenbaum, the city’s first Entrepreneur at Large.

There’s no shortage of debates in the blogosphere as to whether one coast has the advantage over the other. Regardless of what side you’re on, many would agree that there’s no better time to be an entrepreneur. Organizations and incubators like the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), Startup America, Y-Combinator and Tech Stars are providing an unprecedented level of resources and support. In a recent TIME article, the YEC’s Scott Gerber even posited 2012 as “The Year of the Entrepreneur”.

Interested in seeing the growth that has been present on both coasts over the last 5 years? Interact with the graphic below to explore some noteworthy companies in both Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley, quotes from stakeholders, as well as the rise in Seed Funding from 2009-2011.


We’ll continue to explore and discuss the entrepreneurial landscape in the coming months, particularly during the MBA@UNC March Immersion in San Francisco, where faculty and students will network and learn about entrepreneurship and innovation directly from some of today’s top leaders.

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  • Anonymous

    A minor correction – Silicon Valley is not home to Amazon.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for pointing that out. The error has been fixed.

  • A guest

    Would love to see SecondMarket in the NY startups section!

  • Anonymous

    Umm, Hulu is NOT based in Silicon Valley. It’s based in Los Angeles.

    • Anonymous

      Our apologies for the misstep in research. We hope you found the rest of the piece useful though.

      • Ronald

        Hi, Is it possible to download the infographic for use in print? ronald@emerce.nl

  • Anonymous

    Respected beautiful frinds and friend!

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  • http://www.storagelondon.co.uk/page-self-storage.html Gary London

    Besides the minor fixes with the locations, the piece is very interesting and informative. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Square is a great entrepreneurial story and the future seems to be bright for Jack Dorsey and company.  That doesn’t mean, however, that the payment processor has no issues to solve and I recently read a review of the service that points squarely (sorry, I couldn’t resist it) at the two biggest gripes users have with the service: the inability to easily speak to a customer service representative and the holds the company places on its users’ money under certain conditions.

    The first issue is easily fixed and I just can’t understand how Square, whose COO is, after all, a former PayPal executive, doesn’t deem it important to provide a number for their customers to call when they have a question.  The second issue is much more complicated, as it has to do with risk management, but Square should at the very least do a better job at communicating its policy.

    Still, overall the Square guys are doing a great job and I’m confident that they’ll improve over time.  http://blog.unibulmerchantservices.com/square-mobile-payments-customer-service-phone-numbers-and-money-holds

  • JF

    All of these companies have gotten lots of investment, but how many are actually generating revenues commensurate with those investments? Unfortunately, hype, rather than sustainable business models, tend to win out in the start up world.

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