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An exterior view of the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash. - 

Whether its Facebook, Google, or heck, even Ford Motors -- every giant company at one point had to start small.

And despite the pros of launching your passion project in places like Silicon Valley or New York City, new research suggests that the best place for a budding business might not be where you think.

Olav Sorenson is a professor at the Yale School of Management and he co-authored the study.


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