What Should Determine Where Start-Ups Choose to Locate? The Five Cs of Place Surplus
53 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2014 Last revised: 27 Mar 2014
Date Written: March 24, 2014
This paper examines the factors that underlie location decisions made by entrepreneurs that have established successful hi-tech endeavours in non-traditional places. The paper considers the cases of Skype in Estonia and SoundCloud in Berlin. Lessons are drawn from the cases and a theoretical framework proposed entitled “the Five Cs framework” in reference to the elements of Cost, Calibre, Convenience, Creativity, and Community that are used to capture the utility of a location. A new rationale is offered to explain what entrepreneurs who succeed consider and are influenced by when choosing a location for their ventures.
Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley, Start-ups, Location, Estonia, Berlin
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