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August 25, 2009

Poll: Maryland's startup climate

Alright all you techies, entrepreneurs and risk-takers here in Maryland...Now is the time to vote your peace. Do you think Maryland has the right climate for nurturing startups?

Vote here, and tell us why you voted the way you did in the comments below.

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Posted by Gus Sentementes at 9:11 AM | | Comments (7)
Categories: East Coast, Entrepreneurs & Risk Takers, Startups


There should be a "it's starting to get there" option =)

Baltimore has the same shot as any other city, but Baltimore is not a financial powerhouse so bootstrapping is especially important and assembling the right group of people is the most difficult part of the equation.

We have the right stuff:
-Local community
-Facilities that encourage creative thought
-densely populated living
-Tech upbringing w/ systems integrators for defense contractors in the mix
-diverse population w/ real problems to address

I agree with Paul on the need for a "it's starting to get there option".... which makes Gordon's point very valid about bootstrapping being especially important.

I'd be worried about the tax and regulatory consequences of success.

Well, *that* was a quick way to get five comments...

I think MD has a great quality of life in general, which is going to be a very strong draw to anyone starting up a business that is not dependent on location.

Balancing that out, we do have pretty high taxes.

But I would (and did) start a business here that I could have run from anywhere I had net access.

I think the raw ingredients are here for software businesses to succeed, but it is difficult to find developers willing to work primarily for equity or operate in a bootstrap environment. I agree with Gordon that we are definitely a bootstrap down. So we need to get some more successes in town that point the way, set an example, etc.

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About Gus G. Sentementes
Gus G. Sentementes (@gussent on Twitter) has been writing for The Baltimore Sun since 2000. He's covered real estate, business, prisons, and suburban and Baltimore City crime and cops. He was one of the first reporters at The Sun to use multimedia tools and Web applications -- a video camera, an iPhone -- to cover breaking news. He hopes to cover Maryland geeks and the gadgets and Web sites they build, and learn -- and share -- something new every day.

Gus has a wife, a young daughter and two feuding cats. They live in Northeast Baltimore.
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