I would be really glad, because in europe (esp. in germany) at startup events we usually see some successful copycat entrepreneur as a speaker..
It seems like nearly no one in europe is taking risk in business to develop real innovation.
I understand that the language barrier can be stressful for Americans. London is therefore the default choice.
If you just want to do a headcount you can search Crunchbase by city.
I wanted to read about and see the date of a talk pg gave at Harvard before Y Combinator's first batch (not Startup School 2005; I went to that so I know a little about it).
Anyone have details? Curious.
I'd love to see someone create a non-broken wikipedia that keeps the citation rules but eliminates of the rest of the deletionist culture.
Much more useful than Wikipedia. For an influential speaker there ought to be a list of talks just like for a famous singer there's a list of singles.
edit: PG's reasons for moving to California permanently (2.5 years ago) are described here: http://ycombinator.com/ycca.html - but as YC has grown, I'd imagine things are a bit different as there are many more people involved now.
There's a long tradition of ambitious people travelling to the big center of whatever they're interested in. And while NYC is more of a startup hub than it used to be, the Valley is still the center. Founders who come here find it an eye-opening experience. So we wouldn't necessarily be doing NYC-based founders a favor by establishing a branch there.
Doing YC in no way means you have to leave New York for good.
Specific: YC gave us an unbelievable network of founders, hackers and investors in the Valley, and that stayed with us even after we moved back to New York. There's absolutely no way we'd have as strong a west coast (or even east coast) network if we hadn't done YC.
Vague: Valley culture. YC is in many ways at the center of the Valley and embodies the best it has to offer. I don't know how to explain it, but there's definitely a different culture at YC and in the Valley in general than in New York or anywhere else I've been.
It's hard to quantify or describe concisely, because it's really the sum total of people's attitudes, and the conversations you overhear on the street, and the density of people who have built or are building startups, and a thousand other things.
The only analogy I can think of is traveling to another country. For instance, when I traveled to Europe, it felt extraordinarily different from the US, and the differences weren't always easy to pintpoint.
Moving out there was an incredible experience, and being able to bring what we learned there, and the network we built, back to the east coast is a huge asset for tutorspree. If you're willing to do anything to make your company succeed, then moving to the west coast for a few months weighed against everything it gives you is kindof an easy decision.
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I say you look into DC.
It's funding numbers have been buoyed in recent quarters by large LivingSocial rounds but otherwise, there is not a lot of institutional investment flowing to startup in the DC area.
Look at pages 4 of 5 of the report embedded at the bottom of this link. You'll see DC doesn't figure near the top for VC deals or funding - http://www.cbinsights.com/blog/venture-capital/venture-capit...
I'd love to see a great startup culture grow around the DC area, but NYC is light years ahead at this point. DC makes it too easy to be conservative.
(I'm from DC and am on the investment team at 500 Startups.)