An exterior view of the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash.
An exterior view of the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash. - 
Listen To The Story
Marketplace

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.

 

“I think the best compliment I can give is not to say how much your programs have taught me (a ton), but how much Marketplace has motivated me to go out and teach myself.” – Michael in Arlington, VA

As a nonprofit news organization, what matters to us is the same thing that matters to you: being a source for trustworthy, independent news that makes people smarter about business and the economy. So if Marketplace has helped you understand the economy better, make more informed financial decisions or just encouraged you to think differently, we’re asking you to give a little something back.

Become a Marketplace Investor today – in whatever amount is right for you – and keep public service journalism strong. We’re grateful for your support.

Follow Jeremy Hobson at @jeremyhobson