Civil Geeks: Tales from The Other Side
My last “Civil Geeks” column is a continuation of the previous piece addressing the practical and positive reasons why Hawaii startups often make the leap to the West Coast. In part two, I talk to entrepreneurs about why they decided to head across the ocean.
Once settled in San Francisco, Hawaii startups are finding a receptive but sometimes skeptical audience.
â€œI get the sense that geography is quickly becoming less of a factor in the eyes of investors and entrepreneurs â€” rather than where theyâ€™re based, startups are being increasingly judged by their merits alone,â€ Bennett said. â€œIn this sense, startups in Hawaii are perceived in the same way as startups from any other city.â€
â€œ[We are treated] just like every other startup, no special treatment,â€ Greevy said. â€œIf you havenâ€™t had an exit or graduated from Stanford or an Ivy League school, you have to work even harder for validation.â€
Read the full article here: Money And Exposure Lure Startups Away from Hawaii