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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/27/2014 3:31:37 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Notable absence
Yeah I have to say I wasn't surprised or bothered by those omissions, simply for the reasons you state below, Rich.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/27/2014 3:30:21 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Notable absence
Obviously the only acceptable criteria to use here is "What does Nicole think?"

However, I did review the criteria on page 12, as you suggested (thanks), and I would still expect NYC to appear higher on the list, but I'm going to pass on the move to Wuhan.

richheap
richheap  
1/27/2014 12:42:29 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Notable absence
"I'm having trouble accepting that SF and London appear higher on the list than NYC..."

You would! The criteria are set out on page 12 if you want to judge whether NYC has been harshly treated. If you're still upset then you could always move to a city that ranked better, like Wuhan or Dubai.

richheap
richheap  
1/27/2014 12:36:57 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Notable absence
JLL has also put San Francisco top because the number of start-ups are increasing demand for office space, and that is expected to push up rents in commercial offices. That would also make these buildings look more attractive to property investors. I don't imagine the same thing is happening in Tel Aviv regardless of its fertile culture for start-ups.

This isn't just about which cities have most tech businesses. It also takes in GDP growth and the state of the commercial property market. Of course, whether we think that's a sensible way to rank cities is something we can debate.

richheap
richheap  
1/27/2014 12:32:06 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Notable absence
This is as much about real estate investment in these cities and how their economy is performing as it is about how they support start-up businesses, through their policies and their "smart" tech infrastructure. I actually have no problem with the notion that Vienna, Copenhagen and Amsterdam wouldn't make it on that basis. Sure, they're lovely cities, but they're not exactly hotspots for commercial property investment.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/27/2014 12:13:53 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Notable absence
Good point about Tel Aviv! Another notable absence, especially given the current, government-driven focus on drawing tech entrepreneurs to that area. (Tel Aviv's mayor, Ron Huldai, discussed this with us in a video blog last year.)

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
1/27/2014 12:11:25 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Notable absence
Nicole, I believe SF is on top because of the number of technology companies in the Bay Area. But, if this is part of the criteria, where is Tel Aviv?

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
1/27/2014 12:09:41 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Notable absence
Nicole, I agree. I have to llok at their metrics to see how they make the list.

Other cities such as Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Vienna are also absent, and they are considered the top three smart cities in Europe.

NewDream
NewDream  
1/27/2014 11:30:11 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: City rankings
There seems to be a parallel here with the phenomenon noted in physics, called the "Observer Effect." I have actual experience with electrical signals that defy traditional troubleshooting techniques like observing the waveform with an oscilloscope. As the speeds of the signals have increased, just putting the probe onto the signal often changes its characteristics...

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/27/2014 11:10:32 AM
User Rank Staff
Notable absence
Given Pablo's blog today, and much of what we're hearing about Barcelona, it surprised me a bit to not see it on the list... but I suppose that's to do with the state of Spain's economy, would you agree?

I'm having trouble accepting that SF and London appear higher on the list than NYC, but I'm going to let it go for now...

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