I’m a 14-year-old programmer living in Vancouver.
Oddly enough, I’d never heard of Waterloo. I mean, I’d heard of it, knew it was in Ontario and often wondered why it was named such but I had never realized it was such a big place for start ups.
Vancouver used to be the place but then the bubble burst and the tech companies moved away or burst as well. We still have a whole bunch of cool companies (General Fusion is in Burnaby!) but it seems like everything’s happening in Montreal now.
On the other hand, there’s Toronto. Though there isn’t that much that I can think of, they’re bound to have a lot of stuff just because the city’s so big. Also, they have the head offices in Canada for most of the large international companies and server space for various organizations (Microsoft, 4GH, etc.).
There are probably a whole bunch of academic articles on why particular cities have so many start ups. It would be interesting to find out the gist of it. In theory, for every person there should be an equal amount of average potential. Larger populations would have more people and more of them would have a start-uppy nature.
But in the end, everyone everywhere should be able to start something. I guess that’s why incubators are such a good idea but they tend to gravitate towards larger cities on the west coast (like San Fransisco) or super large ones in the east (Toronto, Montreal, New York, etc.).
I know it’s commonly said but in a way, it’s true: somewhere in Africa, there might be a child that could create the next Google or solve the world’s next biggest problem. They just don’t have the skills or the opportunity.
The Internet was supposed to fix a lot of this and to some extent, it’s gone towards that. But really, it’s still just concentrating large amounts of power, resources and people in particular places, mostly in the States.
Maybe someone could change that.
Oh, by the way…
I’m working on assembling a team of people to fix the worlds problems using websites and I’d love to talk. Maybe we could do something amazing together. You can find out more about what we do and what we’ve done at thegoodsite.org.