In my last post about how companies don’t seem to be on the ‘Remote Work’ bandwagon lately, I mentioned all these startups that are buying office space to get started.
An interesting, if small aspect of that: They aren’t “In the Valley”.
It used to be that all the startups were in Silicon Valley, with some smaller startup zones in other cities. New York, Seattle, maybe DC.
And perhaps that’s one reason why the idea of remote work was so popular. Lots of people didn’t want to move to these very populated and very expensive areas to work & live. However companies wouldn’t get funded unless they were in these ‘hubs’ of activity. The assumption being that they wouldn’t be as effective a company if they weren’t based in these brain hubs.
But here’s the interesting thing, I think perhaps one of the reasons why remote work, at least in the startup world isn’t as attractive as I’d expected at this moment, is that companies are appearing in non-traditional locations.
I’m not sure how much this is an indicator of VCs & Angels being more willing to fund people regardless of location, or just people trying desperately to break away from needing to move to the Valley.
But as I’ve been searching for jobs, I’ve consistently stumbled across numerous web startups looking to hire, that aren’t in the traditional locations. They are spread across the map (speaking US-centric here). These range from bigger cities: DC, Baltimore, Austin, Denver … down to places like the middle of Wisconsin, Michigan, Tennessee, Florida, etc.
It’s just interesting, that instead of keeping the ‘core’ of the company in the hubs and allowing remote work. They are moving to smaller/cheaper places and then wanting everyone to move to them. (Interestingly enough, which plays more into the assumption that all web types, are young, single, and able to relocate on will)