Why Silicon Valley is so last decade

Last year, we made a conscious decision to run our new company, Plain, from Carbondale, Pennsylvania: a town of just 8,000 people with no other internet technology company in sight. Our colleagues thought we were crazy. No resources! No networking! But we disagreed. Now is the perfect time to start a company anywhere in the world; it's a new era of geographical freedom for a startup company.

It used to be a given that to build a tech company you had to pack up and move to the big city, preferably New York or the Silicon Valley. Not now: the internet, with fast, affordable speeds, cloud services (with the ability to send large files), and the social web, has given small teams the option of setting up camp almost anywhere and letting the product do the talking. Want to raise your family on a farm and 'play in the big leagues'? It's no longer an either/or choice.

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