1. “The Valley” is a much more broad locale than New York City… Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, etc. offer an extremely different lifestyle than urban San Francisco. 

  2. Matt Mireles says:

    NYC offers a better lifestyle than the valley, for sure. Suburbia is not fun. SF is much much better because it’s an actual city, but still doesn’t match NYC in terms of fun. If you want to optimize for fun, you do not live in Mountain View or Palo Alto. Period.

    If you want to optimize for surrounding yourself with awesome, experience people at the center of the tech industry––both employees and mentors––live in the SF Bay. 
    Two mistakes I’ve seen people make are:1) failing to cultivate mentors. 2) not going to the mountains.If you don’t leverage the wealth of experience and professional resources that’s here in the valley, you’re gonna wonder why the hell you’re here. If you don’t go to the mountains and experience the insanely awesome California outdoors (hello, Tahoe!), you’re gonna be stuck with a second rate city, or worse yet, Westechester-esque suburbia. 

  3. ststrat says:

    I call bullshit. If you are in walking distance to the Dutch Goose you are within walking distance to about 10 other places and about a 5minute drive max to downtown Palo Alto.

    1. “walking distance” and “Dutch Goose” in the same sentence…  That’s the problem, it’s not walking distance to anything.  I remember from my Stanford days that it’s not even “stumbling distance” ;-)

  4. Matt Straz says:

    The tide has turned. New York is now the coolest and best place in the world to start a software company, period.

  5. Kate says:

    Is it me, or does Adrianne mention Fitocracy once a week? I don’t think of them as representing the NY tech scene at all.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Why not?

  6. Guest says:

    Silicon Valley: vc likes you if he thinks startup staff can answer google/facebook/zynga interview questions

    NYC: vc likes you if he thinks he can flog your concept off in news corp