Silicon Valley, Boston, Los Angeles, and New York's Silicon Alley can all boast about their status as top startup hubs for venture capital investment. But when it comes to ease of launch, some of these top cities were found wanting.
We examined the "2013 Thumbtack.com Small Business Friendliness Survey," which focused on ease of starting a business and compared it to National Venture Capital Association's annual ranking of the U.S.'s top cities for investment deals completed. The Thumbtack survey, which was conducted in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, polled 7,766 small-business owners across 57 cities and evaluated the areas based on a number of criterion including overall friendliness, ease of starting a small business, tax code fairness and licensing regulations.
Here's a look at the top 10 startup hubs and how they fared on a scale of entrepreneurial friendliness.