Silicon Valley remains the gold standard for startup ecosystems. The area's support network and funding potential (capital raised in SV is 32% higher across all stages of a startup's development) make it the ideal location to start a new business. The greatest challenge may be living up to the region's all-star lineup of founders, which includes Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook (), Jack Dorsey (Twitter and Square), and the late Steve Jobs ( )Apple (Fortune 500)). ,
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