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Which City/State is best for Startups in US?

Currently I am stuck, confused in which US city/State should I look for my business partner. Really appreciate if anyone could help as to which City/State in US would be the best forstarting new Mobile APP Gaming company. While google did help me, what I am looking for is the availability of all resources, like Mobile developers, CTO's, designers, Investors, VC etc.

My prototype is ready, a social gaming app, where users get real money and redeem if successful. Couple of users tested (from usertesting.com) and they really liked the product.

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Mark Michuda
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Mark Michuda Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Ideally, they should be in the same city as you. If you can't find someone in your city/state...then it really does not matter if they are on the east coast or west coast. It might be helpful if they were on the same time zone etc. But, the real issue is finding the best of the best. And those people are scattered everywhere...not just the west coast. i.e. the best guy I've worked with was in the middle of nowhere in Wisconsin. ------------------------------------------------ Mark Michuda [removed to protect privacy] Chicago, IL http://www.linkedin.com/in/markmichuda http://twitter.com/MarkMichuda Twitter: @MarkMichuda http://www.LeadHop.com - The Leads/Data Experts. http://www.TextHub.com - Text(sms) Marketing. http://www.CallOnTheGo.com - Sales tool for auto dialing calls. http://www.markmichuda.com - Personal blog What we do: "Connect you to your audience through their mobile devices at the right place, at the right time, with the right message." Try it! text *mark *to 30500
Connie Bensen
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Connie Bensen Entrepreneur • Advisor
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I agree with Mark.
What type of culture do you want? Do you want everyone onsite in an office? Or can employees be remote?

There is talent everywhere. Consider the cost of living as that will contribute in part to salary expectations.
Julian Jennings-White
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San francisco to san jose bay area has the highest developed ecosystem and resources. Its also the most expensive. Next are places like Austin Texas and somewhere in New York. Then there are places internationally that are less expensive than anywhere in the US but you might face language barriers, legal barriers, skill shortages etc. It sounds like you care more about availability of quality than price so your number 1 option is Bay Area, California. Enviado desde mi iPhone
Michael Meinberg
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Michael Meinberg Entrepreneur
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San Francisco, or any city in Silicon Valley (San Jose, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Cupertino, Palo Alto) will have the most resources by far. I am a teacher a bootcamp that has schools in 10 different cities world wide, and people come from as far as Germany, Asia, and India to take out classes here (in San Francisco) because this is the hub, even though our other schools might be closer.
Paul Okselenko
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Hi Joseph, I've faced same problem when moved to the US. I live in San Diego right now, but was looking for place elsewhere in California to start my gaming company.

The fact is that you have to have a proven record (name or games that already make stable income) and proper funding before you can start. I've been attending lots of conferences, talked to many angels, but they all said same thing: unless you have a packed team and working project (means you make stable money from it already, or at least have over 1 mln installs, or know exactly how to acquire users and monetize them fast, you won't be able to get investments here. No one cares how good your game is and how many years you've spend on prototype. If you don't have a plan for this game and audience that will make ROI fast - better to start on your own until you'll get to that point.

As for developers, if you are going to make a startup you always have 2 options:
1) Hire someone overseas, which is cheaper and sounds better for startup, but always haspitfalls
2) Hire local guys and put them into office, which will require proper funding since devs here 3-5 times more expensive then in some countries.
The decision is simple, if you have money - get locals, if you don't have money - go with virtual office and team overseas. I personally have over 4 years of experience of working in virtual office with guys all over the world, and I successfully managed such teams despite timezone differences. But if you don't have someone who can do that for you or you can't do it, it's always better to go with locals and put them into office.

Obviously California is the best place to start gaming company, but I know that there are lot of mobile gamedev companies elsewhere around the states, Texas, Washington, New York etc.

When it comes to starting a company, you should think here 10 steps ahead. As for example California is very expensive in taxes, that's why they incorporate in Delaware or Nevada which are the cheapest. Then regarding the type of company, LLC vs corporation. If you plan to raise investments you better go with corporation cuz as far as I know you can't do that with LLC, but LLC is way simplier to open and it suits better for startups seems to me.

And again about investors. Before you start thinking of contacting someone, you better prepare very well, you have to have a solid plan and strategy for next 5 years as that's what they might ask you as well as tons of other questions regarding your competitors and other stuff. So you better have all answers prepared ahead.

You can contact me if you have more questions. I'd be glad to help. You can find me on Linkedin or my email is paul (dot) okeslenko (at) gmail (dot) com

Wish you all best as I completely understand your situation.
Joseph Mathew
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Thank you all, for your advices.
I forget to mention, that I have a local partner, based in India, whom I shared my idea/concept and helped me in developing the concept to a prototype. Through Usertesting.com, we asked to test the prototype by users from US, and got some good feedbacks and suggestion, in general users liked the concept and they look forward to us for real and live product. Since I know this person in India earlier, I face no issues till now. Until now, funding is done by me, now we are planning to develop this prototype to full scale product and started developing plan and feature lists for the product. Since my product have language dependency, my market assessment plan is SOM - Initially to roll out in US & India, mostly for users proficient in English language. SAM - All English speaking countries & European countries (Spanish, French, German etc....) TAM - All Languages all over. I agree with Paul, that unless you have stable product with no less that IM users, no angels/VC shows any interest in my product. As the saying goes "The First 1M users is always the hardest.", I can get good developers in India and also strategize & market in India, but when it comes US, there's lot thing missing; as one user from US while testing points out, the product needs some catering for US markets for this I need help from a US based partner, who can avail the necessary requirements (whether its developers, CTOs or investor). I thought of having virtual office, but US being my primary target market I would like to have it in a legal manner, as it would be easy in future for employment, or getting Angel/VC. Considering all these and other options only, I thought of having a US partner but got stuck from where/which place.
Paul Okselenko
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Paul Okselenko Advisor
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I will tell you this: make a product, launch it in India, polish it well, so it's bug free, lag free, compatible with majority of devices on market, adjust build size, so users in India could download it with mobile internet and not only wifi, adjust your monetization model, make it social (so people would love to play and share with their friends, make clans, trade or fight with each other etc), then when you think it's ready for expansion you can consider US and other countries. India has great potential right now if we speak about user acquisition. US market is great since it's on of the most payable markets, but it's the most competitive market too, so the product should be really well done or at least has global name like Pokemon :) to make success here.


Joseph Mathew
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Joseph Mathew Entrepreneur
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Thanks Paul. it was helpful.

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