Austin a top city for tech startups, finding talent, report says

Jan 14, 2015
Austin Business Journal

Austin is among the ranks of Popular Mechanics magazine's inaugural list of the best cities in America to start a business


The storied magazine said that Austin was the 14th-best place for startups, especially in the technology sector. The reason is simple: Austin has an abundance of tech talent, ripe to be 


picked for a spot on your next digital venture. The weather's not so bad either


"Computer geeks galore flow out of UT-Austin and local coding schools and programming bootcamps like MakerSquare. And with weather so nice you wonder why you ever owned a coat," reads the 


item highlighting Austin, written by Jaime Netzer, Austin-based online insurance marketplace Zebra Inc. content editor


The full item can be seen in Popular Mechanic's February issue, on newsstands now


Snagging the top spot in the magazine's ranking is St. Louis. Writers highlighted that city's efforts to create more space in its urban core by covering up an ill-conceived urban freeway


"They are patching over roadways with parks and plazas that breathe the life of the river or harbor back into a city center. And the effort in St. Louis, which they call CityArchRiver 2015 


and which will ultimately cost $380 million, comes at an opportune time for the city," reads the item on St. Louis


Sound familiar? State and local transportation officials are considering something quite similar for Austin


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