Silicon Prairie: Tech Startups Find A Welcoming Home In The Midwest
March 12, 2015
a difference in the high tech business culture.
“In San Francisco and in big cities, people come up to you and they say, ‘What do you do?’ And they immediately start competing with you and they start sizing you up, and it’s almost like they’re saying, ‘What can you do for me?’ And in the Midwest, it is completely opposite. People say, ‘How can I help you? What can I do for you?’ ”
Midwest investors tend to be a bit more conservative.
“That’s why I keep my New York cell number,” Bulu Box’s Paul Jarrett quietly admits.
That way his calls are returned more often and more quickly. And after potential investors hear his business plan, they don’t really care that he’s not in the Silicon Valley, but on the Silicon Prairie in Lincoln, Neb.