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June 21st, 2013 at 10:32 am

Google Fiber attracting tech startups to Kansas City

Kansas City, Kansas

Silicon Valley and New York City are two places that typically come to mind when people think of tech startups. Most people probably can’t think of a major tech company from anywhere else.

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That’s why it’s such a surprise to see the huge startup community blossoming in Kansas City, Kansas. Entrepreneurs are rushing to the city thanks to Google launching an incredibly fast broadband network there last summer called Google Fiber.

The company’s fiber network provides speeds that rival what most companies would have to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for elsewhere for a mere $70 per month.

CNET has an article detailing how this has altered the tech industry in the region. The most innovative is the Homes for Hackers initiative, which gives entrepreneurs willing to move their companies to Kansas City three months of free rent and access to Google’s Gigabit Internet speeds.

Venture capitalist Brad Feld was inspired by this idea and decided to run a competition in which the prize was a year’s worth of free rent at a home he purchased in a neighborhood in Kansas City that received Google Fiber. The first year’s prize went to a startup called Handprint, which is working on improving 3D printing and editing technology.

Interestingly, neither of these arrangements involve startups giving up any equity. According to Feld, “[I'm] using a “give before you get” philosophy here to experiment, learn, and help the Kansas City startup community.”

Photo credit: KOMU

Via Business Insider

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