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California's Not a Big Entrepreneurship State



Ian Faith: The Boston gig has been canceled...
David St. Hubbins: What?
Ian Faith: Yeah. I wouldn't worry about it though, it's not a big college town.
- Spinal Tap (1984)

In playing with Google Insight I started checking trends on entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. Has that sort of thing become, you know, passe, since the dot-com bubble burst and the Web 2.0 thing is waning? Or is it growing, at least as evidenced by people's search behavior on Google?

Here is the result since 2004:

cali-entrepreneurs

Interesting, non? Judging by searches related to entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship, California isn't even in Google's (normalized) top ten across all states. The situation improves if you make the search to be just entrepreneurs, as opposed to both entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship, with California ascending to the #4 spot, but both are contrary to what you might think.

The obvious answer, assuming the algorithms are correct, is that Californians don't search for entrepreneurs/entrepreneurship as much as people in other states because they don't feel like they need to know. They think they have figured it out already, or they have someone to ask.

What it doesn't explain, however, is the presence of Massachusetts at the top of the list. The state is not exactly a stranger to entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship, but it is still beating a path to Google searches on the subject.

Other thoughts? And yes, I know this is a little wonky.


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