Above: (Left to right) VentureBeat's Blaise Zerega, Bombora's Rob Armstrong, Capstak's Heather Goldman, Edawn's Mike Kazmierski, and TrainerRoad's Nate Pearson onstage at the VentureBeat Heartland Tech and Blueprint kickoff event in San Francisco on June 14, 2017.
While founders everywhere confront such challenges as determining product-to-market fit, developing supply chain management, and establishing reliable, recurring revenue streams, those outside Silicon Valley — or New York and Boston, for that matter — may avoid some of the hurdles of setting up in a tech hub.
Joining the discussion were Rob Armstrong, cofounder and SVP of product at Bombora, a provider of B2B services that help companies track which of their products are being viewed by potential customers; Heather Goldman, co-CEO and cofounder of Capstak, which has built proprietary technology that connects capital seekers with capital sources throughout the U.S. and global commercial real estate markets; Mike Kazmierski, president and CEO of Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (Edawn), a nonprofit that works to attract, retain, and promote jobs in the Reno area; and Nate Pearson, CEO and cofounder of TrainerRoad, online cycling software that aims to make you a faster cyclist.
“If there was one thing I might have done sooner and better, it would have been to move to Reno earlier,” Capstak’s Goldman said.
Even as Silicon Valley remains a magnet for tech workers, some parts of the San Francisco Bay Area saw emigration in 2016.
When we started — I’m a tech founder.