Report: Twin Cities is an emerging tech hot spot, but still lags

  • Article by: Janet Moore , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 28, 2013 - 4:13 PM

The Twin Cities are making strides in the tech world. But similar-sized cities fared better in a new report.

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tonyrozyckiAug. 28, 13 4:44 AM

What happened to the glory days of Control Data Obama & company?

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FreddieBabyAug. 28, 13 4:50 AM

We should easily be in the top 10 based on the number of techies living here. This is really a bit of an embarrassment.

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truthtopowerAug. 28, 13 7:28 AM

What's embarrassing is how lame most of the so-called "high-tech" jobs are!

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bosshogAug. 28, 13 7:36 AM

'“Instead of attracting one 10,000-person company, we need to diversify and launch 10,000 one-person companies,” they said.' -- exactly. I'm one of those (software developer). The biggest hinderance for many places in Minnesota is lack of true broadband internet (20Mbps+) One project I had worked on was killed due to too slow of internet connection at my location in Minnesota.

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wallyworldmnAug. 28, 13 9:17 AM

The folks from CoCo are correct in a number of ways. The "high-tech" job of today is so much more diverse than the Control Data's of the past. The systems to measure growth in the "high-tech" world of today have to change to match the market. New business of today is very nimble and not sitting still. The measurement systems have not adapted fast enough to really measure what is happening. When it comes to competing in the world of 1's and 0's, the infrastructure for internet must also keep up. Think of the internet connection as a lifeline. If the performance isn't there, the developers will move closer to the faster pipeline. Want to insure growth? We need 100Mbs+ backbones or we will lose out to the places that are already building it out.

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barnjoelAug. 28, 13 9:43 AM

In silicon valley there is a cycle of talented people leaving successful businesses to start new businesses, which are funded by former entrepreneurs who made money on their own businesses. In MN this cycle seems to still exist in med-tech but has been broken in high-tech. The early stage businesses that are potentially large enough to re-start this cycle need investments to get off the ground. I for one have been told many times to move out of state in order to obtain funding. Somehow we need the big businesses and wealthy individuals in this state to step into the gap and support our entrepreneurs.

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broeksAug. 28, 1310:58 AM

Make fiber internet ubiquitous. Watch what happens.

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Fair ViewAug. 29, 13 9:02 AM

Risk and reward remain unbalanced. Our state leaders feel obligated to punish success. Redistribution of wealth isn't an incentive to invest here.

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