But that doesn't mean a thousand silicon cities are blooming. California actually gained a greater share of total venture funding during the past year, both in terms of deals made and money raised. (Sorry, Silicon Prairie.) Here's the breakdown:
Zero venture funding went to nine states: Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, and West Virginia. Only 15 states accounted for more than 1% of California's $5.7 billion total. And even being in California isn't enough. Los Angeles's Silicon Beach isn't gaining much traction as it tries to lure companies away from the Bay Area:
Silicon Valley's dominance is less pronounced in areas such as health care and clean tech than in Internet deals, but the Valley is the clear leader in every venture field. The dynamic at play here is that the region's success is self-perpetuating, as described here and here. It's nice for Chattanooga or Cleveland to imagine being the next Silicon Valley, but by this measure, at least, none of the up-and-comers is threatening to overtake the original.