Amid the demand for a dozen different global cities instead of Silicon Valley – Austin, Beijing, London, New York – no-one yet has been nominated "anywhere". Now it is possible.
There are two tendencies here to unpack. The first are startups that are completely or almost completely removed, distributing employees around the world. There is a growing list of major companies in this category: Automattic, Buffer, GitLab, Invision, Toptal and Zapier all have 100 to nearly 1,000 external employees.
The second trend concerns nomadic founders without fixed location. For a generation of founders, the move to Silicon Valley was de rigueur . Later, the advent of accelerators and investors worldwide has enabled a wider range of potential home bases. But now there is a third wave: a culture of travel with our own growing support networks and best practices.
You do not have to look far to find startup gurus and VCs who strongly advise you not to be far away, let alone a nomad. The basic reasoning is simple: if you have no location, do not add anything. So why? Startups are fragile, so working practices that could disrupt sensitive growth cycles should be avoided.