Summarized from the full original post on Technical.ly/delaware/. Image courtesy of Holly Quinn.

As Technical.ly Delaware’s stakeholders piled into the room on March 8th prior to their tri-annual Technical.ly Delaware Stakeholder Meeting, a topic emerged from within the rumblings. “Why Delaware?” The stakeholders, namely influential thought-leaders in the tech-innovation space began outlining the pros and cons that come with being a Delawarean and the essence of being a big fish in a small pond.

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Some key statements from the conversation were:

  • Fazal Vandal, web developer for IncNow and New Jersey transplant, stated, “It’s not as big of a city as Philadelphia, it’s a nice change of pace.”
  • “It’s got a charm,” said Austin Craig, incorporation consultant for IncNow, of the city of Wilmington, where the company has an office on Orange Street. “It’s good for people looking for a place where they can make their mark and grow.”
  • 1313 Innovation’s Lauren Spinelli stated, “You can be a big fish in small pond.”
  • When recruiting, The Barn Creative’s Nick Matarese looks for people who don’t want a big city. “There’s a market for a small city. And we’re close to Philly.”
  • Palina Ivanova, co-founder of the Revive clothing swap app and former UD entrepreneurial student, added, “[In Delaware,] your voice is actually heard.”

Who stays in Delaware after high school and/or college, who moves to Delaware for opportunities and who leaves? How do you influence those decisions as a business owner or support organization? How do you succeed despite them?

Aside from the appeal of what Delaware is not — the fact that it’s not New York City is a draw for some — Delaware’s size, tight-knit community, and small-but-not-too-small urban center are some of its biggest assets.

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