Why The Midwest Is About To Become America’s Next Silicon Valley

Story excerpt provided by Forbes.

Written by Peter Lane Taylor.

If the national news spotlight is on Ohio it’s a good bet that it’s presidential election year. The old political saw that “As Ohio goes, so goes the nation” has proven true for the past ten presidential contests since 1976. But the biggest surprise for pollsters and voters this year may just be that Ohio’s bellweather status for America and the Midwest reaches far beyond politics.

“Ohio never left,” says venture capitalist Mark Kvamme, whose Columbus-based Drive Capital fund raised the second largest inaugural round of venture capital ever in 2013 ($250 million) betting on the Midwest’s frothing start-up ecosystem. “People just stopped paying attention.”

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Originally published November 7, 2016.

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