Startup Hubs Don’t Spring Up Overnight

Boulder, Colo. Photograph by Walter Bibikow/Getty Images

There’s a seemingly endless fascination with the notion of startup hubs, particularly in smaller cities like Des Moines or Boulder, Colo., that aren’t always thought of as industrial centers. There’s good reason for the interest: A growing strain of economic research has highlighted the importance of fast-growth tech firms as engines of job creation.

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