Vexed in the City: San Francisco Strife Spurs Tech Defectors Elsewhere

As part of a CNET special report examining the tech-induced economic boom, and backlash, in San Francisco, CNET examines the unique advantages that up-and-coming startup hubs offer. When Cisco Distinguished Engineer Robbie Allen was ready to launch his own startup, he contemplated Silicon Valley, where he’d previously worked with Cisco, and Boston, where he’d received two advanced degrees at MIT. In the end, Allen launched Automated Insights in Durham citing lower salaries and overhead, which eased fundraising pressures, and the quality of life. In June, the Company completed a $5.5M Series B financing and it continues to add to an impressive customer list that includes Yahoo!,, The Associated Press, Samsung, Microsoft and more.

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