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2nd Annual High-Tech Hot Spots

High tech is not just the language of Silicon Valley anymore. There are 49 other hotbeds with your tech start-up's name written all over them.

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This story appears in the November 2000 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

These days when someone says "start-up," they mean high-tech. Nationwide, there's a feverish rush to create the next hot tech start-up, the new Yahoo! or eBay (and do note the word "nationwide"). High-tech entrepreneurship has spread well out of Silicon Valley, and as the new millenium dawns, few areas of the United States aren't focused on tech. Vivid proof: In this year's ranking by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and Start-Ups, the Silicon Valley area doesn't even place in the top 10.

Sure, the Valley is still the planet's most techcentric slice of real estate-D& B estimates 100 percent of the business activity around San Jose is high-tech related-and it's home to the biggest tech names around: Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Sun, Oracle and more. But between the treacherously high cost of real estate (in some parts of the Valley, "fixer-upper" homes start at $1 million, and office rents are no cheaper) and a drum-tight labor market, many start-ups are launching elsewhere.

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