Place scout for startup people
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Where should you be to win?
You Can Build Great Things from Anywhere
Startups are Everywhere
The 160,000 active startups in the world are scattered around the globe. Startup people — coders, product managers, designers, marketers, entrepreneurs — can work from anywhere in the world like no other profession in the history of mankind.
Even the term “remote work” has become too limiting as it suggests some mythical central place where “real” work and value creation happen, and then some poor souls who are unfortunately “remote” from it. This is just not true for startup people who can move bits to create value no matter where the atoms of their body happen to be.
Startup People Move Around
There will never be just one startup hub for everyone. Ambitious startups build products for clients around the world. Where their clients are might not be the lower cost places where, in startup lingo, you can “extend your runway”. Which, in turn might not be the places where your team truly can enjoy the quality of life outside work. Or places where the cutting edge innovation you’re working on is encouraged or even legal.
Then there are places where it is 10X easier to raise funding. And there are places where you can hire the talent you need to grow. If carefully and objectively considered, all of these best places where startup people need to be to win are increasingly scattered dots on the world map.
Example Location Math for a Startup Engineer:
Open Startup Jobs: 183
Total Net Income:
Open Startup Jobs: 516
Total Net Income:
Millions Ahead Of You Already Move Around
people are living outside their home country
and this number will double in the next ~25 years
of college graduates in usa,
have left home state by age of 30
people in the world
people work online by 2016
and thus CAN choose freely where they live
per person wasted in commute every year in large US cities
Active startups being built by people who are more mobile than they realize
Bay Area Teleport Beta
Building tools to find the best locations for startup people anywhere in the world is a work in progress. We recently released a free and fully functional beta of our location optimization technology for you to get an early sense of where we’re headed.
Our first beta product is focused on finding you the best place to live and work in the broader San Francisco Bay Area. Startup people cycle through Silicon Valley more than anywhere else – this is why we started here.
GET STARTED WITH MINIMAL EFFORT
If you already live and work in the Bay Area, just tell us where to kick off an optimization. If you’re not in the Bay Area yet, please share what you know about potential jobs or home towns, and we’ll help you understand the impact to your life.
LIST PLACES THAT MATCH YOUR NEEDS IN AN INSTANT
Add some filters and tell us what qualities of life matter to you the most. Play around to view optimal locations updated in real time.
EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS VISUALLY
Click, zoom, and explore the places on the map. Click inside a neighbourhood to view a fully detailed page for that location.
SHARE YOUR SHORTLIST
Results of your search are sorted by how well they match your criteria. Add intriguing places to your shortlist and share it with your friends to get their opinion.
DRILL DOWN ANY NEIGHBORHOOD
Once you find a place that looks intriguing we provide tools to drill down in the details:
COST: How much would you be spending on rent and to get around?
COMMUTE: Figuring out your options from walking to Caltrain and Uber fees.
PEOPLE: Which of the people you already know are living nearby? And which like-minded people you don’t know could you meet here?
QUALITY OF LIFE: Does a “Restaurant” here mean a Jack in the Box or does it have Michelin stars? Is it more of an open air hiking trails or indoor yoga kind of area?
WORK: Can I find startup jobs at physical offices around here, or is it more of a hideout to work over the internet?
COMPARE: How does this place rank for crime & safety around the Bay? Which other places should I look at to save a bit more money or commute a bit less?
DISCUSS: Ask for advice and let others know what you’ve learned about this place.
Startup People on the Move
Service designer and entrepreneur from Tallinn, Estonia
Has Lived In:
Tallinn, Berlin, Melbourne
“I came to Australia to look for new challenges. I enjoy my career opportunities here and love the lifestyle Melbourne offers. But more than the financial benefit, it is the healthy work-life balance that I can now afford.”
Product Manager at Facebook from Herndon, Virginia
Has Lived In:
Washington DC, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Tallinn, London, San Jose, New York
“I moved back to San Francisco CA to work at Facebook and because its the center of the tech industry currently”
“Location changes affect me financially in so many ways, usually to the negative initially. Poor understanding of the local cost of living, tax structure, and pay scales can cause one to under negotiate or to have expectations on living standards out of line in comparison with past cities.”
UX designer from Tehran, Iran
Has Lived In:
Umea, Goteborg, Seattle, San Francisco, Tallinn, Sydney
“I don’t buy crap and try to keep my belongings to essentials. It has been working well so far, I go where the best jobs are and pay is normally good.”
“I did not like living in the US any more. Will settle down in Tallinn for a while. I have made my international connections, right now I just need to be in a place where I can focus on my own projects.”
Product Designer from Sheffield, UK
Has Lived In:
Sheffield, London, Helsinki, Tallinn, San Francisco
“Travel means a lot of paperwork. Receipts, expenses, dealing with taxes. My finances, both work and personal get fragmented as I move around the world with various cards and accounts and currencies.”
“Another issue is the ‘Outsider factor’. You don’t really know the good places – the stuff you learn about a city from living there for years – where to get great value.”
Entrepreneur & engineer from Mexico
Has Lived In:
Mexico City, Tallinn, San Francisco, Mountain View
“When I moved from Mexico to Estonia, the economies were in a way similar and therefore the transition was not so hard. Then from Tallinn to California the cost of living change was totally different.”
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