MAPPING THE TECH EXODUS EVENT SERIES

Mapping the Tech Exodus dives into tech trends across the country and analyzes how they compare to what we’re seeing in San Francisco. Each discussion features a new tech policy leader to weigh in on the ongoing migration of tech workers and companies outside of the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as approaches other cities are taking to attract tech talent (and tax dollars).

April 14, 2021

Mapping the Tech Exodus: San Francisco vs. Austin
Sample Speakers: Sarah Ortiz Shields, Austin Tech Alliance

San Francisco and Austin had nearly opposite experiences during the pandemic—much of which was influenced by new trends within the tech industry. COVID-19 certainly gave a boost to Austin’s tech ecosystem even as San Francisco’s tech growth shows few signs of slowing. And while Austin has reaped the benefits of tech’s expanding presence, it may be catching up to San Francisco on challenges related to housing and transportation.

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March 24, 2021

Mapping the Tech Exodus: San Francisco vs. Miami
Sample Speakers: Maria Derchi Russo, Refresh Miami

Miami is one of the places said to be benefiting from the outmigration of tech companies and workers from the San Francisco Bay Area. But is Miami’s tech hype just that—hype? We take a closer look at Miami’s tech scene and explore the challenges Miami must overcome to compete with cities like San Francisco for tech’s future.

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March 11, 2021

Mapping the Tech Exodus: San Francisco vs. New York City
Sample Speakers: Julie Samuels, Tech:NYC

The similarities between San Francisco and New York City during the pandemic are striking. Both cities have seen an exodus of residents, felt the economic devastation of COVID-19 on their downtowns, and witnessed the resiliency of their tech industries. As they look to recover in a world fundamentally changed by COVID-19 and remote work, San Francisco and New York City will have to draw upon their hard-won reputations for innovation to adapt to the future.

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February 23, 2021

Mapping the Tech Exodus: San Francisco vs. Nashville
Sample Speakers: Brian Moyer, Greater Nashville Tech Council

Nashville’s burgeoning tech ecosystem shares many of the qualities that have made San Francisco the innovation capital it is today. Like San Francisco, Nashville boasts a robust university system, diverse workforce, and cultural richness fueled by its iconic music city brand. Furthermore, Nashville’s political leadership consistently demonstrates its support for the tech community by maintaining a business-friendly tax structure.

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February 11, 2021

Mapping the Tech Exodus: San Francisco vs. Seattle
Sample Speakers: Nicholas Merriam, sea.citi

Seattle’s tech ecosystem—thriving in spite of COVID-19 and remote work—very much resembles that of San Francisco ten years ago. The fact that Seattle offers much of what San Francisco does (temperate weather, access to the outdoors, a bustling metropolis) at half the cost may, in fact, give Seattle an edge over San Francisco for future tech growth.

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