Why Even Ron Conway Couldn’t Persuade Me To Move To Silicon Valley
April 07, 2011 at 15:07 PM EDT
Editor's note : Reggie Bradford is the CEO of Vitrue , a social media marketing platform based in Atlanta. Do serious tech companies still need to be based in Silicon Valley? There seems to be an endless debate about this among founders everywhere. My own startup, Vitrue, turns 5 this week. That’s forever in startup years, and it’s got me to thinking about my friend Ron Conway . Ron invested in Vitrue on October 28, 2006. He’s a true industry legend (noteworthy enough to have his own Wikipedia page ) and a long-time Valley resident. At the time, we had several late-night, semi-sober conversations about moving the headquarters to Silicon Valley. Five years later I’m glad I stuck to my guns and kept the company in The Big Peach. We have quite a vibrant startup community here with companies such as MailChimp , MFG.com , and Scoutmob , and Solo Health . So with all due respect to my good friend and uber-Angel investor Ron Conway, here are five reasons why I’m glad I didn’t move us from Atlanta to the Valley. And why Silicon Valley, despite still being the capital of the technology world, doesn’t necessarily make or break a company.