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Startup Density: Life Among (And Away From) The Crowd

How big of a factor is entrepreneurial density? Three founders explain what it’s like working near so many (or so few) peers.


Washington, D.C. (376.4 startups per million residents)
Mili Mittal, CEO and cofounder of
"The community is supportive—everyone introduces each other to folks they need to know. There’s a ton of resources: Proudly Made in D.C., the D.C. Tech Meetup, Tech Cocktail, coworking spaces, and accelerators. Plus, on a given night, there may be five different events."


Georgia (36.4 startups per million residents)
Rob Kischuk, Founder of Badgy (Atlanta)
"Many startups here aren’t venture backed. You have this scrappy culture: Atlanta is affordable, with a lot of smart people and no talent war. There’s talent, but it’s not like you’re losing a person you hired three months later because someone made them a better offer."


North Dakota (8.6 startups per million residents)
Tommy Leikas, Founder of,, and (Fargo)
"Every deal I’ve done to date has some support from the state tied to it. I got a beginning entrepreneurial loan backed by the Bank of North Dakota, then did a deal through the North Dakota Development Fund."

[Crowd Image: Flickr user Rupert Ganzer]

A version of this article appeared in the May 2013 issue of Fast Company magazine.