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Herb Scribner, Deseret News
Josh James, founder and CEO of Domo, interviews popular Mormon DJ Kaskade at the Silicon Slopes tech summit in Salt Lake City on Friday.
How different are Silicon Slopes and Silicon Valley?
Forbes writer Amy Feldman looked to answer that question Monday, highlighting Utah’s tech community growth from “an area that used to be farmland (and) now boasts tech campuses that would look at home off Silicon Valley’s famed Route 101.”
The state includes more than 4,000 tech startups, including some venture-back companies that are worth more than $1 billion, she wrote.
Utah may appear like an odd pick for a having a tech culture, but Feldman said that’s not the case.
“Unlike Silicon Valley, the wave of entrepreneurial talent here comes largely from people who are native Utahns or those with ties to the state from college at the University of Utah or Brigham Young,” she wrote. “Utah’s culture remains relatively insulated, and the location has been a tough sell to senior-level tech and engineering workers, who have the option of living in San Francisco or Seattle.”